M 1 (NGC 1952) -- Supernova Remnant in Taurus
In the year 1054 A.D. a reddish-white star appeared as bright as Venus and over the next 23
days slowly faded from view. The records of the event were chronicled by the Sung Dynasty in
China. This cataclysmic stellar explosion was the destruction of an aged star. Except for a very
dense neutron star the rest of the star was cast off into space. By 2014 A.D. the remnants from
this supernova have spread out to cover a 6 by 4 arc second glow of feeble light as seen in a
small telescope. Drawing made with a 155mm refractor and 10mm Radian eyepiece from the
deck of my house in Columbia, Maryland.