Crab Nebula : New Image
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured new views of a stunning nebula, the Crab Nebula.
- NASA released a new image of the Crab Nebula, clearly showing a small white dot at its centre.
- Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant located 6,500 light-years away.
- It is located in the constellation Taurus.
- A nebula is a formation in space which is constituted mostly of helium, dust, and other gases in various concentrations.
- The shape and size of a nebula vary, and as such there can be various types of formations having different sizes.
- The Crab Nebula has continued to draw attention and additional study as scientists seek to understand the conditions, behaviour, and after-effects of supernovae through a thorough study of the Crab, a relatively nearby example.
- The discovery of the object as a nebula is attributed to the English physician and amateur astronomer John Bevis in about 1731.
- It is one of the few astronomical objects from which radiation has been detected over the entire measurable spectrum, from radio waves through infrared and visible wavelengths to ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays.