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Crab Nebula, The
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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In 1054 AD, the Chinese recorded the explosion of a star so bright that it lit the sky for three weeks, even during the day. It was the explosion of a dying star that was bigger than our sun. NOVA explores this mysterious explosion that led to the discovery of Crab Nebula.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Crab Nebula, The,” 03/22/1974, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0132A9029B834D27885F85F0C5165AD0.
MLA: “NOVA; Crab Nebula, The.” 03/22/1974. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0132A9029B834D27885F85F0C5165AD0>.
APA: NOVA; Crab Nebula, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0132A9029B834D27885F85F0C5165AD0
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