"The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than in your right hand. It is really the most poetic thing I know about physics; You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements- the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution- weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today. ”
-Laurence M Krauss
The Crab Nebula: A Cosmic Icon - Spectacular death of a star in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D.
Description: The Crab Nebula is an iconic object in space that has been studied intensely by both telescopes on the ground and those in space. This image of the Crab combines data from three of NASA’s Great Observatories. X-rays from Chandra (blue) have been combined with optical images from Hubble (red and yellow) as well as infrared data from Spitzer (purple). Together, these three telescopes provide a striking view of this famous cosmic source.
Persistent URL: chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2009/crab/