Crab Nebula Hubble Space Telescope image of the interior of the Crab Nebula supernova remnant M Different elements are colourcoded sulphur pink nitrogen red hydrogen orange and oxygen green These gases were expelled as a solar mass star exploded as a supernova an event witnessed by Chinese astronomers in AD The core of the star survived as a pulsar a rapidly spinning neutron star lower of the two bright stars just above and left of centre The rotation of this star heats the surrounding gas causing the blue glow seen here Image from the Wide Field and Planetary Camera on the HST
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