Crab Nebula: NASA’s Hubble Catches Stunning Picture
July 8th, 2016 | by Web Desk
Crab Nebula: NASA’s Hubble Catches A Amazing Stunning Picture
Once more, NASA amazed the global community with yet another impressive picture they published. Their Hubble telescope provided us with a stupendous close-up of the Crab Nebula, a cosmic phenomenon of an incredible beauty.
The Crab Nebula is what astronomers call a supernova remnant, a nebula powered by a wind produced by a pulsar. The pulsar is nothing else but a neutron star that rotates at a great speed and emits its own, electromagnetic radiation.
The Crab Nebula is located approximately 6500 light years from Earth. If the weather allows that, it is bright enough to be observed by the amateur telescopes.
The picture caught by the Hubble telescope shows the very core of the Crab Nebula, a heart of a star that once exploded. In its very centre there are pulsing circles of radiation sent by the star’s magnetic field. The reddish zone in the image stands for what is a pool of swirling gas located all around the star. This is what can be called a pure cosmic activity that is both beautiful and fearsome.
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The snapshot shows the area of the neutron star’s centre, that means to the right from the two brightest spots in the picture. These spots are what NASA called wisps pushed outwards by the violent powers of pulsing radiation in the centre of the Crab Nebula.
All these powerful processes within the Crab Nebula make up a set of phenomena that is now caught in the picture. Incredible radiation and cosmic tsunamis that occur frequently within the nebula are only some of them. They have their source in the nature of what the Crab Nebula is. Having a mass of our sun, it is condensed in a sphere across merely a few miles, starting the never ending storm of physical events that were caught for us by the Hubble telescope.