A Tantalising Veil

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 5000 years ago.

Credit:

ESA & Digitized Sky Survey (Caltech)

About the Image

Id:heic0006a
Type:Collage
Release date:10 October 2000, 15:00
Related releases:heic0006
Size:3000 x 2164 px

About the Object

Name:Cygnus Loop, Veil Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Distance:1500 light years
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
R
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
DSS
Infrared
I
DSS

Notes: The foreground image is from the HST. The background image was taken as part of the DSS.

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