Using its Wide Field Camera 3 instrument, NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured a marvelous view of Veil Nebula, which is located about 2,100 light-years away from Earth, in the constellation of Cygnus (the Swan).
Otherwise called the Cygnus Loop, the Veil Nebula is a supernova remnant, the expanding debris created by a stellar explosion whose light previously arrived at planet Earth from 5,000 to 10,000 years ago.
In this image, new processing techniques have been applied, bringing out fine details of the nebula‘s delicate threads and filaments of ionized gas. Subtle and delicate in appearance, these ribbons of shocked interstellar gas are part of a blast wave.
The Veil Nebula is also featured in Hubble‘s Caldwell Catalog, a collection of astronomical objects that have been imaged by Hubble and are visible to amateur astronomers in the night sky.