NGC 6960 The Veil Super Nova Remnant  -  9.20.2007
Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 14 GPS @ F/2 with HyperStar
Mount: Meade
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Filters: Astronomik LP
Exposure:  227 X 30 Seconds = 113 Minutes
ISO 800
Time: 9:50 PM EST - 11:05PM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
© 2007 David A. Trapani
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Ten thousand years ago, before the dawn of recorded
human history, a new light must suddenly have appeared in
the night sky and faded after a few weeks. Today we know
this light was an exploding star and record the colorful
expanding cloud as the Veil Nebula. Pictured above is the
west end of the Veil Nebula known technically as NGC 6960
but less formally as the Witch's Broom Nebula. The
rampaging gas gains its colors by impacting and exciting
existing nearby gas. The supernova remnant lies about
1400 light-years away towards the constellation of Cygnus.
This Witch's Broom actually spans over three times the
angular size of the full Moon. The bright star 52 Cygnus is
visible with the unaided eye from a dark location but
unrelated to the ancient supernova.