National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Subaru Captures Beautiful Details in the Crab Nebula

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A new image of the Crab Nebula supernova remnant taken using the Prime Focus Camera (Suprime-Cam) on the Subaru telescope highlights the beauty of stellar debris expanding away from the site of this ancient blast. The high-resolution image captures details of an elongated tendril of gas rushing out at roughly 1,500 kilometers per second. While the nebula has been observed many times using both ground- and space-based telescopes, this image is giving astronomers another opportunity to study the mechanics of the expanding gas in much greater detail.


More info: Subaru telescope web page