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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Dec 1, 2005 12:27:12 GMT -6
Most detailed image of the Crab Nebula
01-Dec-2005: A new Hubble image - among the largest ever produced with the Earth-orbiting observatory - gives the most detailed view so far of the entire Crab Nebula. The Crab is arguably the single most interesting object, as well as one of the most studied, in all of astronomy. The image is the largest ever taken with Hubble’s WFPC2 workhorse camera.
Thank you Joe. That's a better picture than I have on my nebula page, so I've snatched it and will make the switch tomorrow. The Crab's really amazing. Most astronomical objects change appearance over hundreds of years. The Crab changes daily.
If the universe is a ball the size of America, then the solar system is almost as large as the smallest cell in the human body.