Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Wisps of the Veil Nebula
Posted on 11/26/2012 7:28:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Wisps like this are all that remain visible of a Milky Way star. About 9,000 years ago that star exploded in a supernova leaving the Veil Nebula, also known as the Cygnus Loop. At the time, the expanding cloud was likely as bright as a crescent Moon, remaining visible for weeks to people living at the dawn of recorded history. Today, the resulting supernova remnant has faded and is now visible only through a small telescope directed toward the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus). The remaining Veil Nebula is physically huge, however, and even though it lies about 1,400 light-years distant, it covers over five times the size of the full Moon. In images like this of the complete Veil Nebula, studious readers should be able to identify several of the individual filaments. A bright wisp at the right is known as the Witch's Broom Nebula.
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[Credit & Copyright: Joaquin Ferreiros]
Kind of sad...sort of.
Now I'm getting caught up. Back on dialup, as some of the home appliances use the wireless to talk to their overlords at Skynet.
I’m still in awe of the sands on Mars!
Cue the (really old) Rush.
Some solar system that we used to know??
I almost cried at the end of it, and it was merely a very short story with a very simple premise.
Those are cool, a real trompe l’oeil.
I’d call that The Divorce Nebula, for it looks like two people with their backs to each other, moving apart.
Need a good OIII or a Nebula filter to really bring out that stuff visually.
One of my favorites!