Drawing its name from the sensitive, covered filamentary components, the wonderful Veil Nebula remains one of the more popular supernova astral objects. It was created after the sudden and impressive death of a huge star having a size 20 times bigger than our own Sun that occurred only 8000 years ago. Situated at approximately 2,000 light-years from Terra in the Cygnus constellation (The Swan), the vibrantly colored cloud of radiant space waste covers roughly 100 light-years.
Almost two decades ago, the Hubble telescope captured astounding images of Veil Nebula, offering specific details of its framework. Now, enhancing the older pictures with new technologies and processing information provides even higher details and allows researchers to research how far this unusual nebula has extended since it was recorder over 17 years ago.
In addition to the nebula’s complex frame and wide range in space, the activity of a part of its sensitive components is clearly noticeable, particularly the weak red hydrogen structures. In the pictures taken of it, one such component can be observed as it goes through the center of the lighter areas that appear in the photos.
Astronomers believe that before Veil Nebula’s mother star died it produced a powerful space wind. The explosion blew a huge hole into the nearby interstellar gases. As the effect from the supernova increases in an external direction, it met the surfaces of this hole and created the nebula’s unique areas that we see today. Shiny filaments are made once the shock waves touch a relatively dense object, while fainter parts are produced by areas situated very close without space material. The Veil Nebula’s vibrant overall look is produced by modifications in the temperature ranges and the density of many chemical elements observed in it.
The blue shades, surrounding the hole’s surface appear sleek and rounded in comparison to the light green and reddish ones. That appearance is generated by the gases tracked by the red strip was more hit by the shock waves coming from the nebula, while still maintaining the unique shape of the filaments in it. These traces also have hotter gases than the green and red colored ones. These areas thrilled for a lot longer and have consequently diffused into a more disordered region.
Invisible among these shiny, disordered components lay a few slim, tightly surrounded, red colored traces of hot gas. These weak hydrogen emissions are generated through a completely different procedure than the one that produces their newer blue partners, and they offer researchers an overview of the outcome produced by these shock waves. The red strips appear after gas is taken into the nebula’s core that is moving at more than one million miles per hour. The hydrogen inside the gases is triggered by compound elements crashing between them.
Despite using a complete set of Hubble telescopes, these new pictures show just a small portion of the nebula’s external branch. Situated on the western part of the supernova’s reminiscences, this area of its framework is in a part informally known as the Witch’s Broom.
Image source: Feraphotography