The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula (Messier 1), as observed by VIMOS. This well-known object is the remnant of a stellar explosion in the year 1054.

The image is a composite VRI image obtained on March 4, 2002. The individual exposures lasted 180 seconds; image quality 0.7 arcsec FWHM; field 7 x 7 arcmin2; North is up and East is left.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0209f
Type:Observation
Release date:13 March 2002
Related releases:eso0209
Size:2001 x 1998 px

About the Object

Name:Crab Nebula, Messier 1
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star : Pulsar
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae
Distance:6000 light years
Constellation:Taurus

Image Formats

Large JPEG
1.1 MB
Screensize JPEG
198.4 KB

Wallpapers

1024x768
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1280x1024
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1600x1200
533.4 KB
1920x1200
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2048x1536
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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 34 31.96
Position (Dec):22° 0' 51.88"
Field of view:6.86 x 6.85 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
V
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS
Optical
R
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS
Infrared
I
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS

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