|K3's Astronomy - Messier Catalog|
|"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have set in place, what is Man that You are mindful of him?" -- Psalm 8:3,4|
|M1 - The Crab
This famous nebula (8.4mag) is located 7,000 light-years away in the constellation Taurus. Its size is 10 light-years across. It is known thanks to its supernova remnant. The supernova was observed by Chinese astronomers in 1054 A.D.. It was so bright, that it was visible in daylight for more than 3 weeks. The colapsed core of the supernova is now observed as pulsar - rapidly rotating neutron star (30 revolutions per second!). The brightness of the pulsar is about 16mag.
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Last Update: 05.02.2003