In 1054, people in Japan, China, South Korea, and America noted a sudden appearance of a strange star that stayed visible day and night before eventually fading away. They had witnessed a supernova, the violent explosion of a supergiant star. The Crab Nebula is all that remains of the former star.
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A Giant Hubble Mosaic of the Crab Nebula
Publication: July 31, 2006