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M1 the Crab Nebula | by astrodoc171
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M1 the Crab Nebula

In 1054 AD a star exploded producing this expanding shell of gas with it's "crab-like" filaments. The original star is still visible at the center, now a rapidly spinning neutron star creating a huge magnetic field that accelerates electrons. This produces high energy radiation that causes the intense blue at the center. Hydrogen and a few other elements glow at the fringes og the nebula as red and green. This is close to 40 hours of LHaRGB data

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Uploaded on March 11, 2014