Object of the Season (Winter 2017)
The Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus
The well-known Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus was discovered by John Bevis in 1731. Messier saw it 1785 (the interesting story concerns comet Halley) and put in as the first entry in his famous catalogue. Though the supernova remnant of 1054 is an easy target, its filamentary structure is a real challenge.
- Position (2000)
- 05 34 31.9 +22 00 52 (Tau)
- Supernova Remnant
- 6' x 4' (11 x 7 ly)
- 6500 ly
- Other Designations
- M1, NGC 1952, h 357, GC 1157, LBN 833, Sh2-244, CED 53, Taurus A
Results of the observations of M1 will be published in DSO 180.
Wolfgang Steinicke - Nebulae and Clusters Section Director