As signature subhead reverse@2x
Stars and stellar evolution
Crab Nebula (M1) (Multiwavelength)

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.

Related materials

Amazing Space resources by topic: Stars and stellar evolution

Amazing Space resources by topic: Electromagnetic spectrum/Light & color

Hubblesite press release: Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula

NRAO: Cosmic Coloring Compositor