Beyond the Veil
This large mosaic image from NASA’s WISE telescope, features the wreckage of an exploded star, as well as other stars nearing the end of their lives. Located in the constellation Cygnus, the wispy and colorful emission is the remnant of supernova that ocurred some 5,000 – 8,000 years ago, called the Veil Nebula.
The Veil Nebula is the name that generally refers to the visible sections of the whole supernova remnant that was seen in its entirety in radio light and called the Cygnus Loop. The western portion of the nebula is known as the Witch’s Broom Nebula. It can be seen in this image as a reddish, long, vertical wispy cloud of dust on the right side of the image.The colors of the Veil Nebula are the result of shock waves energizing the gas and the dust in the region and making it glow across the electromagnetic spectrum. Some astronomers suggest that the Veil Nebula represents not one, but two supernova remnants that are interacting with each other.
veil nebula/alien head comparison