About the Object

Crab Nebula (MIRI and NIRCam image, annotated)

Image of the Crab Nebula captured by Webb’s NIRCam and MIRI, with compass arrows, scale bar, and colour key for reference.

The north and east compass arrows show the orientation of the image on the sky. Note that the relationship between north and east on the sky (as seen from below) is flipped relative to direction arrows on a map of the ground (as seen from above).

The scale bar is labelled in light-years, which is the distance that light travels in one Earth-year. (It takes two years for light to travel a distance equal to the length of the bar.) One light-year is equal to about 9.46 trillion kilometres or 5.88 trillion miles. The field of view shown in this image is approximately 10 light-years across. 

This image shows invisible near-infrared and mid-infrared wavelengths of light that have been translated into visible-light colours. The colour key shows which components were observed by NIRCam and MIRI, and which visible-light colour is assigned to each feature.


NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, T. Temim (Princeton University)

About the Image

Id: weic2417b
Type: Chart
Release date: 17 June 2024, 16:00
Related releases: weic2417
Size: 2958 x 3386 px

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