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Orbiting Scopes Shoot 'Movie' of Crab Nebula

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Science  20 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5589, pp. 1979
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5589.1979a

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The Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory teamed up to take more than 30 images of the heart of the Crab Nebula, a tangled web of cosmic debris cast off by a supernova nearly 1000 years ago. The dynamic sequence, which spans about 8 months, is winning raves from astrophysicists who are accustomed to static snapshots or mere points of light.