In 1054 A.D. a supernova that was bright enough to be seen by day was observed in many parts of the world. The remains are visible as an irregular patch of light. The Crab is a strong X-ray and radio source. Inside the nebula is the first pulsar (neutron star) ever identified; unfortunately, it is below the range of my 6-inch at magnitude +16. This object is near Zeta Tauri. Diffuse but strangely shaped, look carefully for "wisps" of gas.
|OTHER NAMES:||M-1; The Crab Nebula|
|CLASS:||planetary/diffuse nebula (supernova remnant)|
|SIZE:||6' x 4'|
|DISTANCE:||910 light years|
|POSITION:||05h 33m +22d 00'|
|DATE OF SKETCH:||10/03-04/75|