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.
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
|Release date:||20 November 1995|
|Size:||530 x 512 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star : Pulsar|
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
|Distance:||6000 light years|
|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
|New Technology Telescope|