Fast Facts: Crab Nebula

Fast Facts: Crab Nebula
Name Crab Nebula, M1, NGC 1952
Description A supernova remnant (the glowing remains of a massive star) with a pulsar (a type of neutron star) at its center
Age The nebula formed about a thousand years ago from the supernova explosion noted by Chinese astronomers in 1054.
Location Found in the constellation Taurus
Distance
from Earth
6,500 light-years
Size The nebula’s width, in the image below, is 8 light-years. Its length in this image is 11 light-years.
Helix Nebula
Nearly 1,000 years ago, Japanese and Chinese astronomers recorded the violent supernova explosion that left behind this remnant.

Fast Facts: Crab Nebula