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New pictures of the Veil Nebula - the traces of a supernova that exploded eight thousand years ago - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 September 2015 15:08

The space telescope "Hubble" has made new pictures of the Veil Nebula - the remains of a supernova that exploded eight thoUSAnd years ago. Across the nebula is 110 light years away, its distance from the Earth - 2.1 thoUSAnd light years. According to astronomers, the star before the explosion that gave rise to this nebula emit a strong stellar wind, which led to the formation of large "cavities" in the surrounding interstellar gas. And after the explosion itself occurred, the shock wave ran into a wall of the cavity, and as a result there were dense thin filaments that are the hallmark of this nebula. For the first time, "Hubble" photographed the Veil Nebula in 1997, so astronomers have the opportunity to explore its development over the last 18 years. (New images were received September 24, 2015.) Recall that in August, "Hubble" has made a new snapshot "cosmic butterflies" - bipolar planetary nebula M 2-9, which is at a distance of more than 2 million light years from Earth. In the center of the nebula, discovered in 1947, it is the Old World giant and a white dwarf. While driving they emit gaseous matter, which forms the "wings".