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Astronomy Picture of the Day 7-14-02
NASA ^ | 7-14-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell

Posted on 07/14/2002 1:44:33 PM PDT by petuniasevan

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2002 July 14
See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download
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The Crab Nebula from VLT
Credit: FORS Team, 8.2-meter VLT, ESO

Explanation: The Crab Nebula, filled with mysterious filaments, is the result of a star that was seen to explode in 1054 AD. This spectacular supernova explosion was recorded by Chinese and (quite probably) Anasazi Indian astronomers. The filaments are mysterious because they appear to have less mass than expelled in the original supernova and higher speed than expected from a free explosion. In the above picture taken recently from a Very Large Telescope, the color indicates what is happening to the electrons in different parts of the Crab Nebula. Red indicates the electrons are recombining with protons to form neutral hydrogen, while blue indicates the electrons are whirling around the magnetic field of the inner nebula. In the nebula's very center lies a pulsar: a neutron star rotating, in this case, 30 times a second.


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; crab; dust; gas; image; magneticfield; nebula; neutronstar; photography; pulsar; radiation; rotation; spin; supernova; telescope; vlt
Astronomy Fun Fact:

A pulsar's magnetic field is so strong that it causes most of the light and radiation that the neutron star emits to be concentrated into cones of emission, like beams from a lighthouse. In fact, the key to a pulsar is the combination of the extraordinary magnetic field and the rotation of a neutron star. If the neutron star is spinning, like the Earth rotates on its axis, and if the Earth happens to lie in the path of the beams, we see a pulse of light each time a beam sweeps across the earth.

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1 posted on 07/14/2002 1:44:34 PM PDT by petuniasevan
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To: MozartLover; Joan912; NovemberCharlie; snowfox; Dawgsquat; viligantcitizen; theDentist; grlfrnd; ...
APOD PING!
2 posted on 07/14/2002 1:45:23 PM PDT by petuniasevan
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A sequence of images showing the flashes at visible wavelengths from the Crab pulsar, located at the center of the Crab Nebula. Credit: National Optical Astronomy Observatories


Here's the Chandra x-ray image of the central part of the Crab.

Chandra's X-ray image of the Crab Nebula directly traces the most energetic particles being produced by the pulsar. This amazing image reveals an unprecedented level of detail about the highly energetic particle winds and will allow scientists to probe deep into the dynamics of this cosmic powerhouse.


3 posted on 07/14/2002 1:58:49 PM PDT by petuniasevan
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4 posted on 07/14/2002 2:02:43 PM PDT by petuniasevan
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To: petuniasevan
The Crab has always been my favorite; seeing it through the eyes of Hubble was interesting, to say the least.
5 posted on 07/14/2002 2:08:01 PM PDT by AngrySpud
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To: petuniasevan; maxwell
Beautiful picture, PT! Thanks!
Hey, Max. Click on the main pic and it will bring up a full resolution pic!
6 posted on 07/14/2002 2:17:36 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
Hey bro, my 'puter is stooopid... BUMP for later (faster) upload... ;)
7 posted on 07/14/2002 2:18:55 PM PDT by maxwell
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To: maxwell
Cool, Bro!
8 posted on 07/14/2002 2:24:28 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: petuniasevan
Acutely intense ... how small we are. &;-)


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9 posted on 07/14/2002 2:36:33 PM PDT by 2Trievers
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To: petuniasevan
Beautiful!
10 posted on 07/14/2002 4:40:42 PM PDT by aomagrat
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To: petuniasevan
Get on the APOD PING list!

Me! Me! Me! Please add me to the APOD ping list!!!! Thanks.

11 posted on 07/14/2002 5:51:14 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: Brad's Gramma; petuniasevan
No Kidding BG! This is an AWARD WINNING APOD!!! GREAT JOB P7! I can't wait until sony Video Wallpaper is affordable...
I'd put your threads text and all on every wall in my HOUSE!!! THANKS P7 and Long Live FREE REPUBLIC!
12 posted on 07/14/2002 7:02:11 PM PDT by sleavelessinseattle
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To: petuniasevan
I'll say it again: holy catfish!
13 posted on 07/14/2002 7:05:55 PM PDT by Joan912
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To: petuniasevan
Bumpity-bump.
14 posted on 07/14/2002 7:11:15 PM PDT by MozartLover
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To: 2Trievers
Where'd that gif go?


15 posted on 07/14/2002 8:18:20 PM PDT by 2Trievers
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To: petuniasevan
Gee.. I think I'm especially attracted to Nebula's!! :o)
16 posted on 07/14/2002 8:44:39 PM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: MeeknMing; petuniasevan
And here you can order it as poster together with some other cool pics.
17 posted on 07/15/2002 5:32:41 PM PDT by BMCDA
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Wow! Thanks for the link. This is one of the nicest on that link!



18 posted on 07/15/2002 6:12:38 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
Yepp, that's also one of my favorite, though I like the Sombrero galaxy better:

But that's just my opinion (I'm going to order all of them anyway )
19 posted on 07/15/2002 6:31:42 PM PDT by BMCDA
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To: petuniasevan
Hey.. There's waldo!
20 posted on 07/15/2002 6:34:50 PM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: BMCDA
That was the other photo I liked a lot on that link. I almost posted it. Thanks!
21 posted on 07/15/2002 6:53:04 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
Dang! I must have 'em. With just 10 of them Euros pp they should be affordable.
Mmmmmm... that'll look nice on my walls
22 posted on 07/15/2002 7:35:48 PM PDT by BMCDA
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