New image of the Veil Nebula from Hubble

(ORDO NEWS) — New processing techniques have been applied to this image to reveal the finest details of fine filaments of nebula and ionized gas.

To create this colorful image, observations were made with a Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 using five different filters. New post-processing techniques have further improved the granularity of emissions of double ionized oxygen (shown in blue), ionized hydrogen, and ionized nitrogen (shown in red).

The Veil Nebula is located about 2,100 light years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus, making it our relatively close neighbor from an astronomical point of view. This image captures only a small portion of the nebula.

The Veil Nebula is the visible part of the nearby Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant formed about 10,000 years ago by the collapse of a massive star. This star, whose mass was 20 times the mass of the Sun, lived quickly and died young, ending its life with a catastrophic release of energy. Despite such stellar violence, shockwaves and supernova debris created a delicate pattern of ionized gas in the Veil Nebula, creating astonishing astronomical beauty.

The Veil Nebula is also featured in the Caldwell Hubble Catalog, a collection of astronomical objects that were recorded by Hubble and visible to amateur astronomers in the night sky.

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