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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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Image: Combined X-Ray and Optical Images of the Crab Nebula

Combined X-Ray and Optical Images of the Crab NebulaSTScI-PRC2002-24a

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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.

Object Names: Crab Nebula, M1, NGC 1952

Image Type: Astronomical

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

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

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