A New View of the Crab Nebula

This image of the Crab Nebula combines data from the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) in magenta and the Chandra X-ray Observatory in dark purple. The Crab Pulsar at the center of the nebula is the remnant of the explosion of a massive star. The IXPE data show that the nebula has a donut-shaped magnetic field.

Image Credits: X-ray (IXPE: NASA) / (Chandra: NASA,CXC,SAO)
Image Processing: NASA / CXC / SAO / K. Arcand and L. Frattare

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