Using new technologies, scientists have released a stunning updated image of the Veil Nebula, the beautiful remnant of a supernova that occurred 10,000 years ago.
The supernova remnant called the Cygnus Loop is the result of the death of a star 20 times the mass of the sun that exploded about 2,100 light-years away. The star’s hollow remnants span a span of 110 light-years, having been formed by exceptionally strong stellar winds that blew before the star transformed into a supernova.
The wind dispersed the primary gas emissions from the star before the resulting explosion shone like neon veins running along the cavity walls of giant filaments of “stellar objects.”
Hubble Space Telescope operators released the stunning image in 2015, which was captured with the Wide Field Camera 3 tool.
Recently, researchers have reprocessed the original data using new technologies to produce a more exciting image that displays the celestial interpretation of the phrase. “Coming out with a bang.”
While the image makes some serious desserts for the eye, it shows how the precision technical processing of data has come from distant human probes, providing new insights into the interstellar processes that create the vast structures across the universe.
The picture shows different gases with different colors: blue for ionized oxygen twice, red for ionized hydrogen and nitrogen.
The green gases were not affected by the supernova shock wave and thus appear to be more diffuse as it was allowed to settle.
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Comparing 2015 Hubble images with previous images of the nebula from 1997, scientists determined that it was expanding at a rate of 1.5 million kilometers (932,000 miles) per hour, or 117 times the diameter of the Earth.
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