The first object in the Messier catalog is the most famous known supernova remnant.
The supernova of the central star was observed on July 4 in the year 1054 AD. The exact year of the supernova is known because it was recorded by Chinese astronomers.

The distance to the “Crab Nebula” in the constellation Taurus is 6.300 light years.
Charles Messier cataloged this object on September 12, 1758.

Other versions

Previous/older images:

Dec 25, 2008 – Canon 20D (10″ Newt. 2h 12m – Asteroid 86 Semele, top right)

Image data

Name M1 – The Crab Nebula
Type Supernova remnant
Constellation Taurus
Right ascension 05h 34m 32s
Declination +22° 00′ 52″
Distance 6.300 ly
Other designations NGC1952