Hubble Takes Photo of Veil Nebula

Hubble Photo of the Veil Nebula

Astronomers released photos today from the Hubble Space Telescope of the Veil Nebula (also known as the Witch’s Broom Nebula) – the distant remains of a star that went supernova some 1,500 light-years away from Earth.

The Hubble close-ups reveal the rope-like filaments of gas in the nebula, which resulted from enormous amounts of dusty debris plowing into gaseous surroundings. Thicker filaments of material result from viewing the supernova’s shock wave edge-on, while more wispy and diffuse views correspond to a face-on view of other parts of the shock wave from Earth. (from space.com )

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