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M1 (Crab nebula)


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About this observation
Ian Rothwell
Time of observation
09/12/2017 - 00:34
M1 (Crab nebula)
Observing location
Canon 450D DSLR (IR filter mod)
Skywatcher Explorer 150PS + EQ5 Pro
Astronomik UHC clip filter
35 x 60 sec exposures, 11 darks, 9 bias, 27 flats
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The Crab Nebula (catalogue designations M1, NGC 1952, Taurus A) is a supernova remnant in the constellation of Taurus. The now-current name is due to William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, who observed the object in 1840 using a 36-inch telescope and produced a drawing that looked somewhat like a crab. Corresponding to a bright supernova recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054, the nebula was observed later by English astronomer John Bevis in 1731. The nebula was the first astronomical object identified with a historical supernova explosion.

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