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June 1, 2000 01:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2000-15

Peering into the Heart of the Crab Nebula

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 

Object Name:

Crab Nebula • NGC 1952

Object Name:

Supernova Remnant

Position (J2000):

R.A. 05h 34m 32s
Dec. +22° 00 52




The distance to NGC 1952 is 6500 light-years (2.0 kpc).


The image is 1.6 arcminutes along the bottom (3.0 light-years or 0.9 pc).

About the Data 



Exposure Dates:

January 1995, April 1995

Exposure Time:

10 hours


Green: F502N ([O III]), blue: F547M (Stromgren y), orange: F656W (H-alpha), red: F658N ([N II]), pink: F673W ([S II])

Principal Astronomers:

K. Davidson (U. Minn., Project Principal Investigator), W.P. Blair (Johns Hopkins), R.A. Fesen (Dartmouth), A. Uomoto (Johns Hopkins), G.M. MacAlpine (U. Mich.), and R.B.C. Henry (U. Okla.).

About the Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

June 1, 2000 1:00 a.m. (EDT)

Orientation of Image:

North is to the upper right, East is to the upper left of the image.