Crab Nebula: The Multiwavelength Structure of a Pulsar Wind Nebula

Crab Nebula: The Multiwavelength Structure of a Pulsar Wind Nebula

This visualization features a three-dimensional multiwavelength representation of the Crab Nebula, an iconic remnant of a star that was seen exploding in the year 1054 AD. This is a view looking into the heart of the nebula, home to its rapidly spinning crushed stellar core, called a pulsar. The torrential outflow of radiation from this magnetic dynamo illuminates the nebula.

The visualization is based on images from NASA's three Great Observatories: the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. Observing the nebula across its wide spectrum of energies provides a holistic view of its complex structure.

CREDITS: NASA, ESA, F. Summers, J. Olmsted, L. Hustak, J. DePasquale, G. Bacon (STScI), N. Wolk (CfA), and R. Hurt (Caltech/IPAC)

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Crab Nebula: The Multiwavelength Structure of a Pulsar Wind Nebula