Veil Complex

79. Veil Complex


NGC 6960  RA: 20h 45.7'  Dec: +30 43'   Cygnus (Cyg)

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The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus.It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant, many portions of which have acquired their own individual names and catalogue identifiers. The source supernova was a star 20 times more massive than the Sun, and it exploded between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago. The remnants have since expanded to cover an area of the sky roughly 3 degrees in diameter (about 6 times the diameter, and 36 times the area, of the full Moon). While previous distance estimates have ranged from 1200 to 5800 light-years, a recent determination of 2400 light-years is based on direct astrometric measurements. (The distance estimates affect also the estimates of size and age.)

The Hubble Space Telescope captured several images of the nebula. The analysis of the emissions from the nebula indicate the presence of oxygen, sulfur, and hydrogen. The Cygnus Loop is also a strong emitter of radio waves and x-rays.On 24 September 2015 new images and videos of the Veil Nebula were released by the Space Telescope Science Institute, with an explanation of the images.
 

Image Information

Location Burlington IN
Date Oct 8 2010
Optics Nikkor 180ED f/4
Filters Astronomic EOS Clip H-a CCD
Mount Celestron CGE
Camera Canon/Hutech 500DH
ISO 800
Subexposures 12
Exposure Length 300
Guider Stellarvue Nighthawk II/ST-4
 

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