M1 The Crab Nebula
Supernova remnant in Taurus
RA: 05h 33m
DEC: +22º 01´
Scope/lens: C8 SCT f/6.3
Mount: GM 8
Guiding: ST-4 autoguider
Guidescope: 80mm refractor (400mm-f/5)
Film: Fujicolor 400 Superia
Exposure: 20 minutes
Location: Goleta, CA (backyard)
Messier 1 or the Crab Nebula is the remnant of a supernova explosion which was viewed in 1054 AD around the world by Chinese astronomers in China to the Hopi Indians in North America. A pulsar was discovered in the central portion of the cloud in 1968 and found to emit radio bursts at 30 pulses per second!
What we see now as the nebula is the debris left from the explosion observerd in 105 AD.
© 1999 Anthony Galván III
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