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The @stro object for the week of 9/13/1999

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The Crab Nebula. This nebula was the first "Messier" object cataloged by Charles Messier. It can be found in the constellation Taurus and is a remnant of a supernova seen by Chinese astronomers in 1054 A.D. It is also known as the "Crab Nebula". Its brightness is around magnitude 8.4 and is around 6,400 light years from Earth. The nebula is a strong X-Ray source and harbors a pulsar star as well.

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