The Crab Nebula Is A Swirling Cloud Of Electric Purple Light

The Crab Nebula Is a Swirling Cloud of Electric Purple Light

The Crab Nebula never fails to disappoint — and that's particularly true in this image, a view by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope of the swirling cloud of dust and gas.

The image is a composite from the two satellites, combing Hubble's view of the nebula at visible wavelengths and Herschel's far-infrared data. The result reveals the electromagnetic emissions from the dust in the nebula. The images have revealed the presence of argon hydride — a molecular ion containing the noble gas argon — ion the crab nebula for the first time. In fact, that's the first ever detection of a noble-gas based compound in space. Clever and pretty. [NASA]

Image by ESA and NASA

The Crab Nebula Is a Swirling Cloud of Electric Purple Light

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