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Moving heart of the Crab Nebula | by HubbleSite
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Moving heart of the Crab Nebula

Peering deep into the core of the Crab Nebula, this close-up image reveals the beating heart of one of the most historic and intensively studied remnants of a supernova, an exploding star. The inner region sends out clock-like pulses of radiation and tsunamis of charged particles embedded in magnetic fields. The neutron star at the very center of the Crab Nebula has about the same mass as the sun but compressed into an incredibly dense sphere that is only a few miles across.

 

Credit: NASA and ESA

 

More information: hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2016/26/

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Uploaded on July 20, 2016