Hubble Captures Fantastic Photo of the Veil Nebula

(PHOTO CREDIT: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team)
(PHOTO CREDIT: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team)

See that diaphanous cylinder of gas above? That’s the Veil Nebula — the supernova remnant of a star that exploded 5,000 to 8,000 years ago — as captured by the Hubble telescope.

This shot of the gossamery structure looks a lot more detailed compared to previous attempts, thanks to Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, which used six fields of view for magnification. That’s the same camera that was attached to the space telescope during its last servicing mission in 2009, and the same one used to take a clearer, haunting photo of the Pillars of Creation earlier this year.

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SOURCE: Engadget, Mariella Moon