NGC-6960

Finally a clear night for imaging! 4 hours of exposure data throughout the night. I was up until almost 4am making sure I didn’t waste a rare clear night here in the bayou!

Western Veil Nebula aka The Witch’s Broom, part of a large supernova remnant 1470 light years away. Astronomers think it happened between 3 and 6 thousand BC.

Edward Emerson Barnard, Nebulae (NGC 6960, NGC 6992), a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus. Large meteor trail included. Photographed with the Bruce 10-inch photographic telescope of Yerkes Observatory, 16-07-1909.

Hubble Zooms in on Shrapnel from an Exploded Star

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has unveiled in stunning detail a small section of the expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago.

Called the Veil Nebula, the debris is one of the best-known supernova remnants, deriving its name from its delicate, draped filamentary structures. The entire nebula is 110 light-years across, covering six full moons on the sky as seen from Earth, and resides about 2,100 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)