The remains of a massive supernova explosion • Earth.com

Last update: September 20th, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA features the Crab Nebula, the shattered remnant of a massive star that expired in a supernova explosion.

The explosion, which was as bright as 400 million suns, occurred 6,500 light-years away. According to NASA, if the star would have detonated within 50 light-years of the Earth, it would have wiped out most life forms.

The supernova was first noted in the constellation of Taurus by Chinese astronomers in the year 1054 AD.

This image combines data from five different telescopes, including the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA

 

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