Chinese Astronomers Discover Supernova 1054

Chinese astronomers observed a supernova in the constellation of Taurus on July 4, 1054. The exploding star is now marked by an expanding, glowing cloud of gas called the Crab Nebula (catalog numbers NGC 1952 and M1) was later discovered by English astronomer John Bevis in 1731. Pulsar NP 0532 is all that remains of the star’s core at the nebula’s centre in 1969. It was the first pulsar known to have been formed from a supernova.

      July 4, 1054
      John Bevis
      England, China

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  • Supernova 1054 | National Geographic Society
    On July 4, 1054, a supernova (SN 1054) was observed by astronomers and stargazers in China, Japan, Iraq, and even North America! A supernova is the explosion of a star much bigger than the Sun. SN 1054 glowed like a bright new star for about two years!
  • SN 1054 – Wikipedia
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  • Crab Nebula exploded in 1054 |
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  • Supernova 1054 – Creation of the Crab Nebula
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