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September 19, 2002 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-24

Space Movie Reveals Shocking Secrets of the Crab Pulsar

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About the Object
Object Name: Crab Nebula • NGC 1952
Object Description: Supernova Remnant
Position (J2000): R.A. 05h 34m 32s
Dec. +22° 00´ 52´´
Constellation: Taurus
Dimensions: The image is 2.24 arcminutes across
Distance to Earth: About 6,000 light-years (1,850 parsecs)
About the Data
Instrument: WFPC2 (F547M) ACIS-S
Exposure Date(s): April 6, 2001 April 6, 2001
Exposure Time: 40 minutes 6.5 hours
Principal Astronomers: J. Hester and P. Scowen (ASU), C. Michel (Rice U.), J. Graham (UC Berkeley), J. Gallagher (U. of Wisconsin-Madison), A. Watson (UNAM - Morelia), R. Sankrit (JHU) J. Hester (ASU), K. Mori (Penn State U. and Osaka U.), D. Burrows (Penn State Univ.), J. Gallagher (U. of Wisconsin-Madison), J. Graham (UC Berkeley), M. Halverson (U. of Wisconsin-Madison), A. Kader (ASU), F. C. Michel (Rice Univ.) and, P. Scowen (ASU)
Mission: HST Chandra
About the Image
Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/ASU/J. Hester et al.
Optical: NASA/HST/ASU/J. Hester et al.
Release Date: September 19, 2002