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The Crab Nebula—A Supernova's Aftermath

Lecture no. 6 from the course: Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe

The Crab Nebula—A Supernova's Aftermath

Taught by Professor David M. Meyer | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

Stars more than eight times as massive as the sun take a radically different path at the end of their lives, disintegrating in a colossal explosion known as a supernova. Hubble's image of the famous Crab Nebula shows the expanding cloud of material from a supernova that was witnessed on Earth in the year 1054.


September 6, 2015