Space Image: Cygnus Loop Nebula

March 27, 2012
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

(PhysOrg.com) -- Wispy tendrils of hot dust and gas glow brightly in this ultraviolet image of the Cygnus Loop Nebula, taken by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer.

The lies about 1,500 light-years away, and is a remnant, left over from a massive stellar explosion that occurred 5,000-8,000 years ago.

The Cygnus Loop extends more than three times the size of the full moon in the night sky, and is tucked next to one of the 'swan’s wings' in the constellation of Cygnus.

The filaments of gas and dust visible here in ultraviolet light were heated by the shockwave from the supernova, which is still spreading outward from the original explosion. The original supernova would have been bright enough to be seen clearly from Earth with the naked eye.

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