|Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester (ASU), and M. Weisskopf (NASA / MSFC)|
The image of the Crab Nebula above comes from a composite of x-ray and optical light data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. The video below shows the two different types of image (x-ray in blue, optical in red) in seven different sets of images from November 200 to April 2001. Those images have been looped many times to create a video, where you can see the swirling stellar winds moving through the nebula from the pulsar.
The Crab Nebula is beautiful, but that beauty can find new meaning when we consider the processes that formed the nebula and are affecting it today.
Here's a wider image showing the Crab Nebula in all of its glory. Let this one sink in...
|Crab Nebula (NASA)|