A Look at The Universe

Witch’s Broom in the Western Veil of the Veil Nebula

(Sorry I tried to make this picture bigger and it did not work. :o{ )

The New General Catalogue, an astronomical compendium of deep space objects, names this nebula NGC 6960. Its unofficial name is a touch more poetic: Witch’s Broom. Located in the Veil Nebula, it’s part of the remnants of a star 20 times the size of our sun that went supernova, exploding roughly 8,000 years ago. The long, slender filaments of the Witch’s Broom are part of an expanding blast wave from the supernova that’s shocking, heating, and transforming interstellar gasses as it goes. The bright spot at the nebula’s upper edge is the giant star 52 Cygni in the constellation Cygnus.

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