image 26-June-2019 05:49:41

Southern Crab Nebula

Date: 18 April 2019
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Southern Crab Nebula
Copyright: See below

A tempestuous relationship between an unlikely pair of stars may have created an oddly shaped, gaseous nebula that resembles an hourglass nestled within an hourglass.

The possible creators of these shapes cannot be seen at all in this Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 image. It's a pair of aging stars buried in the glow of the tiny, central nebula.

Credit: Romano Corradi, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain; Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.; Ulisse Munari, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova-Asiago, Italy; HugoSchwarz, Nordic Optical Telescope, Canarias, Spain; and NASA/ESA


Last Update: 18 April 2019

For further information please contact: SciTech.editorial@esa.int

See Also