These wisps of gas are all that remain visible of a Milky Way [ http://www.seds.org/messier/more/mw.html ] star. Many thousands of years ago that star exploded in a supernova [ http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/snr.html ] leaving the Veil Nebula [ http://www.skyhound.com/sh/archive/aug1/NGC_6960.html ], pictured above [ http://www.astropix.com/HTML/E_SUM_N/VEIL.HTM ]. At the time, the expanding cloud [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap010928.html ] was likely as bright as a crescent Moon [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap010218.html ] toward the constellation [ http://www.dibonsmith.com/constel.htm ] of Cygnus [ http://www.dibonsmith.com/cyg_con.htm ], visible for weeks to people living at the dawn of recorded history [ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/334517.stm ]. The remaining supernova remnant [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/supernova_remnants.html ] lies about 1400 light-years [ http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/cosmic_distance.html ] away and covers over five times the size of the full Moon [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap020316.html ]. The bright wisp on the right is known as the Witch's Broom Nebula [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap030101.html ] and can be seen with a small telescope. The Veil Nebula [ http://www.lfc.edu/~daidoje/ ] is also known as the Cygnus Loop [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap010623.html ].
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