NGC6992 Veil Nebula - East part

Field centered on R.A. 20h 55' & Dec. +31 20'

 

After 5,000 years, the gorgeous Veil Nebula is still turning heads. Cataloged as NGC 6992, these glowing filaments of interstellar shocked gas are part of a larger spherical supernova remnant known as the Cygnus Loop or the Veil Nebula -- expanding debris from a star which exploded over 5,000 years ago. This color digital image of a bit of the Veil has been processed and enhanced to reveal stunning details in the diaphanous cosmic cloud. Seen from our perspective against a rich Milky Way star field, the Veil Nebula is now known to lie some 1,400 light-years away toward the constellation Cygnus. At that distance, witnesses to the original stellar explosion would have seen a star in the heavens increase in brightness to about -8 magnitude, roughly corresponding to the brightness of the crescent Moon (Text adapted from APOD).

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Apo TEC140 (140/f7) + AP 900GTO SBIG STL11K, binning 1x1, T=-20°C OIII (90m) Ha (210m) RGB (20m each) Optec OIII Ha RGB filter set

Gambugliano, Vicenza, Italy

M.Lorenzi

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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