Deep Sky

NGC 1952
In the constellation Taurus, this supernova was recorded by the Chinese, Arab and the Chaco astronomers in 1054.  It is located about 6,500 light years from earth and is expanding at the rate of about 1,500 kilometers per second.  In the center lies the Crab Pulsar.  A neutron star that is spinning at 30.2 times per second.  As you can see there are filaments throughout the supernova, Astronomers are not really sure what the filaments are other than being complex and moving away at a higher than expected speed.  The supernova is some 10 light-years across, and pulsar about the size of a small town. It was the first Messier object catalogued in 1758.