Detail View: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Collection: IC1340 in the Eastern Veil

IC1340 in the Eastern Veil
These ghostly filaments of interstellar gas are just a small part of the expansive Veil Nebula [ ], seen against a rich field of background stars in the long-necked constellation Cygnus [ ]. Also known as the Cygnus Loop [ ngc6992.htm ], the Veil Nebula is a supernova remnant [ supernova_remnants.html ], the expanding debris cloud created by a stellar explosion whose light first reached planet Earth from 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. About 1,400 light-years away [ ], the entire nebula now appears to span over 3 degrees on the sky, nearly 6 times the apparent size of the full moon, but is faint and can be difficult to see in small telescopes. The region captured in this beautiful, deep, color image [ ] is located at the southern tip of the Veil's eastern crescent [ ]. It covers about 10 light-years at the distance of the Veil and is cataloged as IC [ iconline/default.htm ]1340.
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//">Copyright: Loke Kun Tan (StarryScapes [ ])
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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