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Crab Nebula (M1, NGC1952) Facts and How to Find

Crab Nebula (M1, NGC1952) Facts and How to Find Supernova Remnant in Taurus

Crab Nebula (M1, NGC1952) is a supernova remnant object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 4.9-8.1 kly light years away in the constellation of Taurus.

It is referred to as M(1) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(1952) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue. Crab Nebula (M1, NGC1952) was discovered in 1731 by John Bevis ( British ).

The Supernova Remnant's location is 05:34.5 (R.A.) and +22:01 (Dec.). As a guide, the nearest major star closest to the Supernova Remnant is Tianguan.

Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 8.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 6x4 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

Crab Nebula (M1, NGC1952) has a radius of 6 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 11 light years. It would take a space ship 11 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.

The Crab nebula (M1, NGC1952) is a supernova remnant that was discovered by British astronomer John Bevis. Contrary to what might be believed by the fact that it has Crab in its name. It is not in the constellation of the crab, Cancer.

How to find and see the Crab Nebula (M1, NGC1952)

The site assumes that you are viewing from London in the Northern Hemisphere and from Sydney in the Southern Hemisphere and are looking at the sky about 9 p.m. If you are looking at another time or location, you will need to adjust for your location.

Northern Hemisphere

The Crab Nebula can be viewed from about late October until about May time when it disappears under the horizon. It should be an easy object to find as it is located near the constellation of Orion, the hunter. If you look up from Orion, it should be easy to spot.

Southern Hemisphere

The Crab Nebula is best viewable between Mid-December when it is not far off the horizon through to Mid-April. It will never reach high into the sky. It can be found moving from a north-east to north-westerly direction.

Fact File


NameCrab Nebula (M1, NGC1952)
TypeSupernova Remnant
Messier Id1
NGC Id1952
ConstellationTaurus
Right Ascension05:34.5
Nearest Major StarTianguan
Declination+22:01
Distance (Lt.Yr)4.9-8.1 kly
Radius (Lt.Yr)5.50
Apparent Dimension6x4
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1731
DiscovererJohn Bevis ( British )
CoprightN.A.S.A, Hubble Site

Location of Crab Nebula (M1, NGC1952) Facts and How to Find in Taurus


Crab Nebula (M1, NGC1952) Facts and How to Find Supernova Remnant in Taurus

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