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Veil Nebula - Western
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Veil Nebula - Western

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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.

Object Information

Name Veil Nebula - Western
Type Super Nova Remnant
Constellation Cygnus
Catalogue NGC 6960

Acquisition / Processing

Exposure Ha(6nm) - 12 x 600 sec Bin 1
Total 2.0 Hrs
Telescope Tak 150 @ f7.3
Camera STL-11
Camera Temp -7ÂșC
Guiding SBIG Internal
Mount AP 900GTO
Filters Astrodon-6nm Ha
Processing CCDStack / PS CS3
Location San Pedro Creek, NM
Date June 13, 2010

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