Hubble Captures 'Beating Heart' Of The Crab Nebula

Posted: Jul 11 2016, 2:23am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 11 2016, 2:34am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Hubble Captures 'Beating Heart' of the Crab Nebula
Credits: NASA and ESA,

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope peers deep into the core of one of most historic and extensively studied remnants of a supernova

Supernovas or exploding stars always hold a great fascination for astronomers. Astronomers like to gaze at exploding stars and attempt to unravel the secrets of the universe. 

Hubble Space Telescope has just captured the remnants of one of the most historic ancient exploding star known as Crab Nebula. The exploding star is located 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus and is almost as massive as the Sun. 

A photo posted by NASA (@nasa) on

Crab nebula neutron star has been extensively studied in the past but it’s the first time when scientists are peeking into its core and seeing the ‘beating heart’ of the famous exploding star.  The stunning close-up image reveals radiations and tsunamis of charges particles embedded in the crushed core of the crab nebula. The beams of energy are rotating 30 times each second and making it look like a pulsating star.

In the latest image, the star is surrounded by swirling clouds of red glowing gas while stunning medley of cavities and filaments are also visible over there. The ghostly blue glow is a radiation given off by electrons lightning movements, which is ending up forming an expanding ring.    

“The neutron star is a showcase for extreme physical processes and unimaginable cosmic violence.” NASA blog says.  

The exploding star was recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054, but the resulting nebula was observed later by English astronomer in 1731. When the signature ‘heartbeat’ radiation of the exploding star was detected in 1968, researchers believed they have discovered a new type of object. However, they eventually classified it as supernova remnants with pulsars or rapidly spinning neutron stars lying in the center.

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