Veil Nebula West (also known as Caldwell 34), with NGC 6960, the "Witch's Broom", near the centrally located foreground star 52 Cygni
Reprocessed in March 2013
The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus. It makes up the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop, a large but relatively faint supernova remnant. The source supernova exploded some 5,000 to 8,000 years ago, and the remnants have since expanded to cover an area roughly 3 degrees in diameter (about 6 times the diameter, or 36 times the area, of the full moon). The distance to the nebula is not precisely known, but recent evidence from the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) supports a distance of about 1,470 light-years.
The whole Veil Nebula was discovered on September 5, 1784, by William Herschel. He described the western end of the nebula as "Extended; passes thro' 52 Cygni... near 2 degrees in length".
WO 132 FLT with TMB field flattener: SBIG 11000 CM: Titan Mount
20 x 6 minutes
Data capture 4th September 2010, reprocessed March 2013
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