M1 The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant. In July 1054 A.D., a star exploded in the constellation Taurus. Chinese astronomers recorded the appearance of a new star that was so bright, it was visible in daylight for over 20 days.

The Crab Nebula was discovered in 1731 by the English physician and amateur astronomer John Bevis. The nebula was independently discovered by Charles Messier 27 years later, and became the first object in the Messier List.

This is an LRGB composite CCD image taken with a Takahashi FCT-150 refractor telescope. The images were taken using an SBIG ST-8E CCD at prime focus at f7. I combined image data taken from my backyard on October 3, 2002, with data taken on November 17, 2001.

M1 (NGC 1952)
Constellation: Taurus
RA: 05h 34m 31.9s Dec: +22d 00' 52" (J2000)
October 3, 2002 and November 17, 2001
Images by Sid Leach
Scottsdale, Arizona

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