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December 1, 2005 04:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-37

A Giant Hubble Mosaic of the Crab Nebula

Technical facts about this news release:

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
Distance: The distance to NGC 1952 is 6500 light-years (2.0 kpc).
Dimensions: The image is 6 arcminutes along the bottom (12 light-years or 3.7 pc).
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposal 8222: J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University), W. Blair and R. Sankrit (Johns Hopkins University), and P.Scowen (Arizona State University). D. de Martin (, Venice, Italy) also helped in the creation of this image.
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): October 1999, January 2000, and December 2000
Filters: F502N ([O III]), F631N ([O I]), F673N ([S II])
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA and J. Hester (Arizona State University)
Release Date: December 1, 2005
Orientation: A Giant Hubble Mosaic of the Crab Nebula