The Crab Nebula is the result of an exploded star, or supernova. It was first recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054 AD. Different parts of the nebula are visible at different wavelengths, depending on the temperature of the material. The shortest wavelengths show the hottest objects. All images are not at the same scale.
! Move your cursor over the name of any type of electromagnetic radiation to view the Crab Nebula at that wavelength.