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Crab Nebula, optical image

Crab Nebula, optical image

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Caption

Crab Nebula. X-ray space telescope image of the Crab Nebula, which lies around 6000 light years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. This cloud of high-energy particles is the remnant of a supernova. In the centre of the nebula is the remains of the star's core, which has formed a pulsar, or neutron star, rotating 30 times a second and emitting regular pulses of X-ray radiation shown here. Imaged by the Chandra X-ray Observatory in low (red), medium (green) and high (blue) energy X-rays.

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