Understandably the BBC seem to be taken with the more colourful examples of the new clearer images taken by the 200 inch Mount Palomar Observatory using the Lucky Imaging technique. – more on adaptive optics here. But personally I find the above animation of the pulsar, with a 30 millisecond cycle, at the centre of the Crab Nebula, from images taken by NOT telescope at La Palma in 2005/6, to be
equally more wondrous. Telescopes, eh? Adds Pulsars were, of course, first discovered by a certain Northern Star.Oh, ok then.. here are those more colourful examples..
The Cat’s Eye Nebula (also above)
And the M13 globular cluster