The Crab Nebula—A Supernova's Aftermath
Lecture no. 6 from the course: Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe
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.