Crab nebula

Crab nebula

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Caption: Crab nebula (M1). This is a supernova remnant, a shell of gas expanding from the explosive death of a massive star. The supernova that created this remnant was recorded by early astronomers in 1054, and was visible in daylight for 23 days. A supernova is the death of a massive star. Once it runs out of fuel for nuclear fusion the layers collapse into a central neutron star. The outer layers fall on this, ignite and rebound with an enormous amount of energy. A neutron star may have the mass of the Sun in a region just 10 kilometres across. This supernova remnant lies around 6500 light years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.

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Keywords: 1054, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, crab nebula, explosion, gas, m1, one, single, snr, space, star death, supernova remnant, taurus, telescope

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