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Crab Nebula Animations
A Quick Look at the Crab Nebula
(Credit: NASA/CXC/A. Hobart)
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The Crab supernova was seen in the sky almost a thousand years ago.

Today, we know that the Crab Nebula is the remains of an exploded star called a supernova remnant.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory has looked at the Crab many times since the telescope was launched in 1999.

A new image of the Crab has been released combining many different kinds of light.

This "technicolor" view of the Crab allows astronomers to better understand the physics behind this famous cosmic object.


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