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Electromagnetic spectrum/Light & color
Crab Nebula (M1) (Multiwavelength)
Half size capture multiwavelength crab
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Photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

This colorful view of the Crab Nebula combines data from five telescopes that span nearly the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Facts of interest about the image

The Crab Nebula is the expanding remains of a star that exploded as a supernova in 1054. In 1844, Lord Rosse named the nebula the “Crab” because its tentacle-like structure resembled the legs of the crustacean. Though the Crab has been studied extensively for decades, astronomers still have much to learn about it.

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