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Friday, March 11, 2011

The highest resolution image of the entire Crab Nebula ever made!

The highest resolution image of the entire Crab Nebula ever made!
Click on the image for full resolution (6.2 MB)

This Hubble image - one among the largest ever produced with the Earth-orbiting observatory - shows the most detailed view so far of the entire Crab Nebula ever made. The Crab is arguably the single most interesting object, as well as one of the most studied, in all of astronomy. The image is the largest image ever taken with Hubble's WFPC2 workhorse camera.
The Crab Nebula - also known as Messier 1 or M1 - is one of the most intricately structured and highly dynamical objects ever observed. The new Hubble image of the Crab was assembled from 24 individual exposures taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and is the highest resolution image of the entire Crab Nebula ever made.
The full resolution image weighs 6.2 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: NASA, ESA and Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University)
Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)

2 comment(s):

Ann Lornie said...

Beautiful image - the best I have seen of the Crab Nebula.

Jean-Baptiste Faure said...

Thank you Ann! :) Yes, this is the best image of the Crab Nebula ever!!

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