The Veil Nebula


NGC 6992 (East)

The Veil is a large nebula also known as the Cygnus Loop, and the Cirrus nebula .  The Veil is a super nova remnant with an almost 3 degree wide field found in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan). It exploded somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago, is 1,500 light years away, and is now 80 light-years across.  The shock wave is actually interacting with cavity walls from an older (18,000 years ago) supernova, so that we have a supernova within a supernova.

The Veil is made up of several main areas that have their own designations.  So far, I've captured two parts: NGC 6992, and NGC 6960.  Clicking on these thumbnails will take you to the detailed image.

NGC 6960 (West)