Chandra takes a closer look at the Crab Nebula

3 space telescopes combine to capture a new view of the Crab Nebula.

Published: February 26, 2020 at 1:59 pm
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One of the few objects to emit radiation all across the electromagnetic spectrum, the Crab Nebula is the wreckage of a supernova first observed almost 1,000 years ago.


With a rapidly spinning neutron star embedded in its centre, it booms beams of radiation at 30 pulses per second, while around its pulsing heart whirl filaments of gas and debris flung out by the original explosion.

NASA visualisation specialists have now combined multi-wavelength data from Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer to create a 3D representation of this energetic nebula. View it at

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Observatories Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope

Release date 5 January 2020


Image credit NASA/ESA/STScI/F.Summers, et al.; NASA/CXC/SAO/N.Wolk, et al., & NASA/Caltech/IPAC/R.Hurt


Jane Williamson is a science journalist and writer.


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