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M1, The Crab Nebula.

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M1, The Crab Nebula.
The Crab Nebula is the remnant of a supernova explosion thought to be the same one recorded in 1054 by Chinese astronomers. The nebula is located in Taurus and easily seen through a small telescope. It is situated 6500 light years from Earth and is 11 light years across, the Neutron star at it's heart is about 28-30km in diameter and spins at a hair-raising 30.2 times per second though some Neutron Stars spin far faster than this! A series of 3 minute exposures taken over a few nights. Stars seem big as it's a small target for my setup and the image has been cropped down.
Posted by craiggg11 on February 1, 2015 Slideshow

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