The Crab Nebula is the only supernova remnant – the leftovers from the spectacular end of a massive star – in the famous Messier Catalog of celestial objects viewable in backyard telescopes. In the mid-20th century, astronomers established that it was related to an extraordinarily bright “guest star” recorded in 1054 AD by the Chinese and by Native Americans in the southwest.”

Visit the NASA Portal – What’s Up podcast page to listen or subscribe to a RSS feed:

This archive on the Solar System Exploration News page has podcasts from each month in multiple formats, and written transcripts:

A YouTube version is also available on the JPL channel:


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