The Cygnus Loop

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.

Credit:

Jeff Hester (Arizona State University) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9511a
Type:Observation
Release date:20 February 1995, 06:00
Size:1506 x 1525 px

About the Object

Name:Cygnus Loop, NGC 6960, SNR 074.0-08.5
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:1500 light years

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
Oiii
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
Sii
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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