A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. Now, almost a thousand years later, a super dense object known as a neutron star has been left behind by the explosion. It spews out a blizzard of high-energy particles into the expanding debris field known as the Crab Nebula. This composite image was assembled from three sources. The Chandra X-ray image is shown in blue, the Spitzer Space Telescope optical image is in red and yellow, and the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared image is in purple.
NASA, CXC, J.Hester, ESA, A.Loll, JPL-Caltech, R.Gehrz