Detail View: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Collection: NGC 6960: The Witch's Broom Nebula

NGC 6960: The Witch's Broom Nebula
Ten thousand years ago, before the dawn of recorded human history [ ], a new light must suddenly have appeared in the night sky and faded after a few weeks. Today we know this light was an exploding star [ ] and record the colorful expanding cloud as the Veil Nebula [ ]. Pictured above [ ] is the west end of the Veil Nebula [ ] known technically as NGC [ ] 6960 but less formally as the Witch's Broom Nebula. The rampaging gas gains its colors by impacting and exciting existing [ ] nearby gas. The supernova remnant [ ] lies about 1400 light-years [ ] away towards the constellation of Cygnus [ ]. This Witch's Broom actually spans over three times the angular size [ ] of the full Moon [ ]. The bright blue star 52 Cygnus [ ] is visible with the unaided eye from a dark location but unrelated to the ancient supernova [ ].
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NGC 6960
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