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Hubble Zooms in on Shrapnel from an Exploded Star

2017-12-08

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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.


This 3-D visualization flies across a small portion of the Veil Nebula as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Read more: www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/hubble-zooms-in-on-shrapnel-...

Credit: NASA, ESA, and F. Summers, G. Bacon, Z. Levay, and L. Frattare (Viz 3D Team, STScI)

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  • Title: Hubble Zooms in on Shrapnel from an Exploded Star
  • Date Created: 2017-12-08
  • Location: Greenbelt, MD
  • Rights: GSFC
  • Album: ayoung

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