The Veil Nebula Image Captured By Hubble Space Telescope

This image of the week revisits the popular Veil Nebula for Hubble Images! This object was featured in previous Hubble photo releases, but now new processing techniques have been applied bringing out fine details of the nebula’s delicate threads and filaments of ionised gas.

To create this colourful image, observations taken through 5 separate filters by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 instrument were used. The new post-processing method contains more details on the emissions from double-ionised oxygen (seen here in blues), ionised hydrogen, and ionised nitrogen (seen in Red here).

The veil nebula is located about 2,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan), making it a relatively close neighbour in astronomical terms. A small portion of the nebula was captured in this image.

The Veil Nebula is the visible part of the nearby Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant formed about 100,000 years ago by the death of a giant star.The Veil Nebula’s progenitor star — which was 20 times the mass of the Sun — lived fast and died young, ending its life in a cataclysmic release of energy. Despite this stellar violence, the shockwaves and debris from the supernova sculpted the Veil Nebula’s delicate tracery of ionised gas — creating a scene of surprising astronomical beauty.