Combined X-Ray and Optical Images of the Crab Nebula
Combined X-Ray and Optical Images of the Crab Nebula
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News release ID: STScI-2002-24
Release Date: Sep 19, 2002
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

A composite image of the Crab Nebula showing the X-ray (blue), and optical (red) images superimposed. The size of the X-ray image is smaller because the higher energy X-ray emitting electrons radiate away their energy more quickly than the lower energy optically emitting electrons as they move.


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Astronomical, Hubble Telescope, Nebulae, Pulsars, Stars, Supernovae, Supernova Remnants

Credits

Credits for X-ray Image: NASA/CXC/ASU/J. Hester et al.

Credits for Optical Image: NASA/HST/ASU/J. Hester et al.