NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken a stunning image of the remnants of a supernova that exploded about 8,000 years ago.
Called the Veil Nebula, the entire nebula is 110 light-years across and resides about 2,100 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan. The debris is one of the best-known supernova remnants, deriving its name from its delicate, draped filamentary structures.
“This close-up look unveils wisps of gas, which are all that remain of what was once a star 20 times more massive than our sun,” said NASA.
“The fast-moving blast wave from the ancient explosion is plowing into a wall of cool, denser interstellar gas, emitting light. The nebula lies along the edge of a large bubble of low-density gas that was blown into space by the dying star prior to its self-detonation.”
The view is made up of six Hubble pictures of an area roughly two light-years across.