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|
|Size:||1500 x 746 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Cygnus Loop, Veil Nebula|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant|
|Distance:||1500 light years|
Colours & filters
|656 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|