This image shows a small section of the Veil Nebula, as it was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This section of the outer shell of the famous supernova remnant is in a region known as NGC 6960 or — more colloquially — the Witch’s Broom Nebula.
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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.

This image shows a small section of the Veil Nebula, as it was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This section of the outer shell of the famous supernova remnant is in a region known as NGC 6960 or — more colloquially — the Witch’s Broom Nebula.

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