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Crab Nebula ⬅︎

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The Crab Nebula is perhaps the most popular supernova remnant among stargazers.

Back in 1054 AD, a light appeared in earth's sky so bright that it could be seen during the day as well as at night. People all over the world could see it shining in the sky for about two years. Fast forward to 1921 and people finally figured out that the Crab Nebula is the remains of the nova of 1054 AD.

As popular as it is, it is fairly dim in binoculars and also in telescopes. But to see a supernova still rapidly expanding with a rapidly spinning pulsar at its core is special.
Viewing Crab Nebula
LevelChallengingRatingBest ViewingDecember though mid-March
FindIn Gemini, follow the tip of the Hyades through Aldebaran to Zeta Tau. Look up 1° (1 finger-width).
From a very dark site without a moon, look for a dim glowing orb.
Look for a the nebula's shape and structure.
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