A Tantalising Veil

This image shows a small portion of a nebula called the Cygnus Loop. Covering a region on the sky six times the diameter of the full Moon, the Cygnus Loop is actually the expanding blastwave from a stellar cataclysm - a supernova explosion - which occurred about 15,000 years ago.

This delicate Hubble Space Telescope image shows a tiny portion of the Cygnus loop, a supernova remnant in the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan. Measurements on this super-detailed image of a cosmic veil shows that the original supernova explosion took place only 5, 000 years ago.


ESA & Digitized Sky Survey (Caltech)

About the Image

Release date:10 October 2000, 15:00
Related releases:heic0006
Size:1500 x 746 px

About the Object

Name:Cygnus Loop, Veil Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Distance:1500 light years

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Position (RA):20 56 4.43
Position (Dec):31° 56' 27.78"
Field of view:2.48 x 1.23 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 29.4° right of vertical

Colours & filters

656 nm Hubble Space Telescope

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