A stunning part of the Veil Nebula near Cygnus. These ghostly filaments of interstellar gas are just a small part of the expansive Veil Nebula, seen against a rich field of background stars in the long-necked constellation Cygnus. Also known as the Cygnus Loop, the Veil Nebula is a supernova remnant, the expanding debris cloud created by a stellar explosion whose light first reached planet Earth from 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. About 1,400 light-years away, the entire nebula now appears to span over 3 degrees on the sky, nearly 6 times the apparent size of the full moon, but is faint and can be difficult to see in small telescopes.This object was too big for my telescope field of view, so it is two images in a mosaic. Weather was different over the two nights of acquisition, so it was a challenge to match the panels. Taken November 12-13, 2014

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