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.

Credit:

ESA & Digitized Sky Survey (Caltech)

About the Image

Id:heic0006b
Type:Observation
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
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:1500 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
R
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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