Crab Nebula M1

Fireworks – This is the mess that is left when a star explodes. The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova seen and recorded all over the world in 1054 AD, is filled with mysterious filaments. The filaments are not only tremendously complex, but appear to have less mass than expelled in the original supernova and a higher speed than expected from a free explosion. The Crab Nebula spans about 10 light-years. In the nebula’s very center lies a pulsar: a neutron star as massive as the Sun but with only the size of a small town. The Crab Pulsar rotates about 30 times each second. Took this image little over 10 hours (10 Luminances of 30 minutes and 5 color images each of RGB of 20 minutes each).

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