The eerie glow of a dead star
Released in time for Halloween, a dead star takes on a eerie green glow in this new photo captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, from a distance of 6,500 light-years from Earth.
The image showcases the “heart” of the exploded star embedded in the center of the Crab Nebula. This surviving remnant is spinning 30 times a second. The wildly whirling object produces a deadly magnetic field that generates an electrifying 1 trillion volts. This energetic activity unleashes wisp-like waves that form an expanding ring, most easily seen to the upper right of the pulsar.
The Crab Nebula is the result of a supernova noted by Earth-bound chroniclers in 1054 A.D. It is bright enough to be visible from Earth with a amateur telescopes. Just point it to the space in the constellation Taurus.