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NGC 6992-5 and NGC 6960
Veil Nebula (網状星雲)
Supernova Remnant (超新星残骸)
Nb SNR


別名 (Other names)
NGC 6995, NGC 6974, NGC 6979, IC 1340, Cygnus Loop, Cirrus Nebula, Filamentary Nebula, Witch's Broom Nebula, Caldwell 33/34

明るさ (Brightness)
7.0等級

星座 (Constellation)
はくちょう座 (Cyg) (Cygnus)

距離 (Distance)
1,400光年 (1,400 light-years)

Veil Nebula (NGC 6992-5 and NGC 6960) is a supernova remnant located about 1,400 light years from the Earth in the constellation Cygnus.

NGC 6992-5 and NGC 6960 (Veil Nebula) : Picture

Veil Nebula
Wide-field ground-based astrophoto of the Veil Nebula
(C) NASA/ESA/Hubble

Veil Nebula
Veil Nebula
(C) NASA/ESA/Hubble
Veil Nebula
Veil Nebula
Veil Nebula
Uncovering the Veil Nebula
(C) NASA/ESA/Hubble

Veil Nebula
The Veil Nebula
(C) Martin Pugh
Delicate in appearance, these filaments of shocked, glowing gas, draped in planet Earth's sky toward the constellation of Cygnus, make up the Veil Nebula. The nebula is a large supernova remnant, an expanding cloud born of the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the original supernova explosion likely reached Earth over 5,000 years ago. Also known as the Cygnus Loop, the Veil Nebula now spans nearly 3 degrees or about 6 times the diameter of the full Moon. That translates to over 70 light-years at its estimated distance of 1,500 light-years. In fact, the Veil is so large its brighter parts are recognized as separate nebulae, including The Witch's Broom (NGC 6960) at the bottom of this stunning skyview and Pickering's Triangle (NGC 6979) below and right of center. At the top is the haunting IC 1340.

Eastern Veil
A Spectre in the Eastern Veil
(C) Ken Crawford (Rancho Del Sol Observatory)
Frightening forms and scary faces are a mark of the Halloween season. They also haunt this cosmic close-up of the eastern Veil Nebula. The Veil Nebula itself is a large supernova remnant, the expanding debris cloud from the death explosion of a massive star. While the Veil is roughly circular in shape and covers nearly 3 degrees on the sky in the constellation Cygnus, this portion of the eastern Veil spans only 1/2 degree, about the apparent size of the Moon. That translates to 12 light-years at the Veil's estimated distance, a reassuring 1,400 light-years from planet Earth. In the composite of image data recorded through broad and narrow band filters, emission from hydrogen atoms in the remnant is shown in red with strong emission from oxygen atoms in blue-green hues. Of course, in the western part of the Veil lies another seasonal apparition, the Witch's Broom.

Eastern Veil
A Spectre in the Eastern Veil
(C) Alfonso Carreño (Observatorio Zonalunar)

NGC 6992: The Veil Nebula
NGC 6992: The Veil Nebula
(C) NOAO

Western Veil
Along the Western Veil
(C) Oliver Czernetz - Data: Digitized Sky Survey (POSS-II)
Delicate in appearance, these filaments of shocked, glowing gas, draped in planet Earth's sky toward the constellation of Cygnus, make up the western part of the Veil Nebula. The Veil Nebula itself is a large supernova remnant, an expanding cloud born of the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the original supernova explosion likely reached Earth over 5,000 years ago. Blasted out in the cataclysmic event, the interstellar shock wave plows through space sweeping up and exciting interstellar material. The glowing filaments are really more like long ripples in a sheet seen almost edge on, remarkably well separated into atomic hydrogen (red) and oxygen (blue-green) gas. Also known as the Cygnus Loop, the Veil Nebula now spans nearly 3 degrees or about 6 times the diameter of the full Moon. While that translates to over 70 light-years at its estimated distance of 1,500 light-years, this wide image of the western portion spans about half that distance. Brighter parts of the western Veil are recognized as separate nebulae, including The Witch's Broom (NGC 6960) along the top of this view and Pickering's Triangle (NGC 6979) below and right of center.

Veil Nebula Veil Nebula
Veil Nebula
(C) NASA
Veil Nebula
(C) Martin Pugh
Eastern Veil Eastern Veil
Eastern Veil
(C) Ken Crawford
Eastern Veil
(C) Alfonso Carreño
Witch's Broom NGC 6960: Witch's Broom Nebula
The Witch's Broom
(C) NOAO
NGC 6960: Witch's Broom Nebula
(C) Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, Univ. Arizona
Cygnus Loop
Cygnus Loop
(C) Elphion
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NGC 6992-5 and NGC 6960 (Veil Nebula) : Movie

Hubblecast 07: Uncovering the Veil Nebula
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered magnificent sections of the Veil Nebula - the shattered remains of a supernova that exploded some 5-10,000 years ago. The new Hubble images provide beautiful views of the delicate, wispy structure resulting from this cosmic explosion.
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