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Messier 1
Messier 1 Crab Nebula
Credit: NASA, ESA

M1 (NGC 1952) - Crab Nebula

Messier 1 (NGC 1952), also known as the Crab Nebula, is a supernova remnant located in the constellation Taurus, in the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M1 is 6,500 light years away from Earth.

M1 is best viewed during winter, is magnitude 8.4, and can be viewed with binoculars. M1 is 6' x 4' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Crab Nebula
      1. Alt name:
      1. Type:
      2. supernova remnant
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 1952
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.4
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 6' x 4'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 6,500 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 5h 34.5m
      1. Dec:
      2. 22 01'
      1. Season:
      2. winter
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Perseus Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group
      1. Contains:
      2. Crab Pulsar

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.