Return to the Veil Nebula

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esahubble_potw2113a March 29th, 2021

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Z. Levay

This Picture of the Week revisits the Veil Nebula, a popular subject for Hubble images! This object was featured in a previous Hubble photo release, but now new processing techniques have been applied, bringing out fine details of the nebulas delicate threads and filaments of ionised gas. To create this colourful image, observations taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 instrument through 5 different filters were used. The new post-processing methods have further enhanced details of emissions from doubly ionised oxygen (seen here in blues), ionised hydrogen and ionised nitrogen (seen here in reds). The Veil Nebula lies around 2100 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan), making it a relatively close neighbour in astronomical terms. Only a small portion of the nebula was captured in this image. The Veil Nebula is the visible portion of the nearby Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant formed roughly 10 000 years ago by the death of a massive star. The Veil Nebulas 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 Nebulas delicate tracery of ionised gas creating a scene of surprising astronomical beauty.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://esahubble.org/images/potw2113a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Baltimore, MD, United States

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Veil Nebula
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 20h 45m 42.1s
DEC = 30° 57’ 49.1”
Orientation
North is 137.8° CCW
Field of View
7.1 x 5.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Cygnus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFC3) Optical (H-alpha + N II) 657.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFC3) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFC3) Optical (S II) 673.0 nm
Cyan Hubble (WFC3) Optical (O III) 502.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFC3) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Red
Green
Cyan
Blue
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ID
potw2113a
Subject Category
Subject Name
Veil Nebula
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, Z. Levay
Release Date
2021-03-29T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://esahubble.org/images/potw2113a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Red, Red, Green, Cyan, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
H-alpha + N II, I, S II, O III, V
Central Wavelength
657, 814, 673, 502, 555
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
311.425521869198, 30.963642744111866
Reference Dimension
10743.0, 7525.0
Reference Pixel
5371.5, 3762.5
Scale
-1.100536532088178e-05, 1.100536532088178e-05
Rotation
137.75999999999985
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
https://esahubble.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
ESA Office, Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Dr
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
United States
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
potw2113a
Metadata Date
2021-01-22T18:02:59+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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