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A Dead Star's Ghostly Glow | by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
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A Dead Star's Ghostly Glow

The eerie glow of a dead star, which exploded long ago as a supernova, reveals itself in this NASA Hubble image of the Crab Nebula. But don't be fooled. The ghoulish-looking object still has a pulse. Buried at its center is the star's tell-tale heart, which beats with rhythmic precision.

 

Credits: NASA and ESA, Acknowledgment: M. Weisskopf/Marshall Space Flight Center

 

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Credits: NASA and ESA, Acknowledgment: M. Weisskopf/Marshall Space Flight Center

 

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Uploaded on October 27, 2016