The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured some incredible new images of the luminous Western Veil Nebula, providing fuel for the creation of this inspiring 3D animated flyover of the famous Witch's Broom section of the nebula. Composed of ionized gas and dust, the Veil Nebula is one of the brightest objects in the x-ray sky and an 8,000-year-old supernova remnant located in the constellation Cygnus approximately 2,100 light-years away.
Stimulate your spirit with this hypnotic dive into the awesome depths of the Veil Nebula.
Here's NASA's official description:
“Not long before the dawn of recorded human history, our distant ancestors would have witnessed what appeared to be a bright new star briefly blazing in the northern sky, rivaling the glow of our moon. In fact, it was the titanic detonation of a bloated star much more massive than our sun. Now, thousands of years later, the expanding remnant of that blast can be seen as the Cygnus Loop, a donut-shaped nebula that is six times the apparent diameter of the full moon. The Hubble Space Telescope was used to zoom into a small portion of that remnant, called the Veil Nebula. Hubble resolves tangled rope-like filaments of glowing gases. They have been shocked and heated by colliding with cooler, denser interstellar gas. Supernovae enrich space with heavier elements used in the formation of future stars and planets — and possibly life.”