The Crab Nebula, nestled in the Taurus constellation as opposed to the commonly mistaken Cancer constellation, was first discovered by Chinese observers in the 1000’s, and later named in 1840 by William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse. Parsons sketched his observations which looked similar to the crustacean it was named from. This nebula was the first attached to a historical supernova explosion. While not visible to the naked eye, it can be viewed with binoculars given favorable viewing conditions. The tight pattern of reds and oranges, graduating towards a brighter center reflects the Crab Nebula’s similar astronomical pattern.
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