M1 The Crab Nebula   - 12/20/2005

Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 14GPS
Mount: Meade
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Filters: None
Exposure:  7 X 180Seconds = 21 Minutes
Time: 9:10pm - 10:48pm EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
M1 The Crab,  in the constellation Taurus. Here are the remains of a star that went supernova in 1050 A.D., Chinese astronomers noted a "guest star" in the
skies in precisely this position. When stars go supernova, they can temporarily produce more light than the entire galaxy in which they are contained, for
weeks it was visible in broad daylight.

What remains now are glowing tendrils of hydrogen gas that seem woven among a ghostly bluish glow. At the center of this cloud is the fading ember of the
original star, an intriguing object with roughly the mass of our sun, but compressed to the size of a city: a neutron star. Highly magnetized, and spinning at a
fantastic rate of 33 times per second, it sends out powerful radio pulses that can be picked up here on Earth. It is this same spinning motion that provides the
energy that lights up the Crab Nebula. 1

1 - http://www.rc-astro.com/php/displayImage.htm?id=1050
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