The Crab Nebula (Messier 1)

Jon Greif
Location of photo
Sliding Springs Observatory, NSW Australia.
Date/Time of photo
14 January 2016 at 2 AM local time
150 mm Takahashi Color imaging platform via with post-processing on GIMP.
The Crab Nebula (Messier 1), located 6500 light years from Earth, in the constellation Taurus, is the remnant of a supernova, a star which exploded, creating a very bright light as it ejected mass. The likely spectacular event was described by Chinese astronomers in the year 1054 AD, the first documentation of a Supernova.