The Veil Nebula, NGC 6960

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noirlab_noao-veil-wiyn-0-9-m June 30th, 2020

Credit: T. A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage and WIYN/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

This image of the Veil Nebula was taken with the Mosaic camera on the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The Veil Nebula (NGC6960) is part of a supernova remnant known as the Cygnus Loop. It is the shattered remains of one, and possibly two, supernovae that exploded more than 15,000 years ago at a distance of 2,500 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan. At the time of the explosion, it would have been seen as a very bright star, rivaling the crescent Moon. The bright star near the center of the image, known as 52 Cygnus, is not associated with the supernova. The color image was generated by combining data from narrowband filters; data from H-alpha was assigned a red color, [OIII] is blue and [SII] is green. North is to the left and East is down.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao-veil-wiyn-0-9-m/

Curator: NSF's NOIRLab, Tucson, AZ, USA

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 6960 Veil Nebula
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 20h 44m 20.4s
DEC = 30° 36’ 26.0”
Orientation
North is 89.8° CCW
Field of View
59.8 x 53.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Cygnus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Green WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope (Mosaic 1) Optical (Sll) 672.0 nm
Blue WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope (Mosaic 1) Optical (Olll) 499.0 nm
Red WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope (Mosaic 1) Optical (Ha) 656.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Green
Blue
Red
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ID
noao-veil-wiyn-0-9-m
Subject Category
Subject Name
NGC 6960, Veil Nebula
Credits
T. A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage and WIYN/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Release Date
2020-06-30T21:34:12
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao-veil-wiyn-0-9-m/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope, WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope, WIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
Instrument
Mosaic 1, Mosaic 1, Mosaic 1
Color Assignment
Green, Blue, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Sll, Olll, Ha
Central Wavelength
672, 499, 656
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
311.084832, 30.60721231
Reference Dimension
6000.0, 5325.0
Reference Pixel
3778.401733, 4454.925072
Scale
-0.000166, 0.000166
Rotation
89.80944199
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
950 North Cherry Ave.
City
Tucson
State/Province
AZ
Postal Code
85719
Country
USA
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
NSF's NOIRLab
Publisher ID
noirlab
Resource ID
noao-veil-wiyn-0-9-m
Metadata Date
2020-10-01T12:24:26.261505
Metadata Version
1.1
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