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Tuesday, October 23

Supernova remanants

A more elusive jewel in the sky is the large and faint expanse of the Veil Nebula in Cygnus. This comprises of NGC 6960 (close to the bright star 52 Cygnus), NGC6992/95 (the brighter eastern region) and NGC 6974/79 (the fainter upper central portion).

This is the remnants of a supernova event that occurred between 5 and 30,000 years ago, depending on who you believe.

It is located approximately 1,400 light years away and covers approximately 3 degrees of sky.
This image is a composite of 19 exposures, ranging from 60 seconds to 5 minutes each at ISO1600. The image was taken using a 200mm f/5.6 telephoto with a Canon 300D.

1 comment:

  1. Great photos Jerry, thanks for the posts sharing them with us.