Pulsar in the Crab Nebula

The Crab Pulsar is located near the centre of the Crab Nebula, i.e. the remnant of the supernova that exploded in AD 1054 in the constellation of Taurus. On this photo, the pulsar is seen as a 16th magnitude object; it is the lower right of the two stars of about equal brightness, near the centre of the field.

The photo was obtained through a narrow optical filtre in the light of doubly ionized oxygen atoms ([O III]) with the ESO 3.5-m New Technology Telescope (NTT) under good seeing conditions.

ESO Press Photo eso9532 accompanies ESO Press Release eso9532. It may be reproduced, if credit is given to the European Southern Observatory.


Credit:

This graph accompanies ESO Press Release 16/95 (20 November 1995). It may be reproduced, if credit is given to the European Southern Observatory.

About the Image

Id:eso9532a
Type:Observation
Release date:20 November 1995
Related releases:eso9532
Size:530 x 512 px

About the Object

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

Image Formats

Large JPEG
97.8 KB
Screensize JPEG
190.9 KB

Wallpapers

1024x768
179.5 KB
1280x1024
246.5 KB
1600x1200
303.8 KB
1920x1200
319.2 KB
2048x1536
406.2 KB

Coordinates

Position (RA):5 34 31.02
Position (Dec):22° 1' 1.85"
Field of view:2.52 x 2.43 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 5.5° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Infrared
Oiii
New Technology Telescope
EMMI

 

Also see our