Veil Nebula - NGC 6960, NGC 6979, NGC 6992 and NGC 6995
The Veil Nebula is the remnant of a supernova explosion. Estimates of the time of the explosion range from 5,000 years ago to 30,000 years ago. The nebulosity pictured in the photos on this page here is located in the constellation Cygnus and continues to expand as a result of the original explosion and is the only remaining visual remnant of the original star.
The bright star in the image above, 52 Cygni, is not associated with the Veil Nebula.
The brighter portions of the Veil Nebula have the New General Catalogue designations of NGC 6960 [lower right of image] , NGC 6979, NGC 6992 [upper left of image] and NGC 6995 [upper left of image].
July 25, 2009
Red - 42 min, Green - 42 min, Blue - 42 min
Mt. Laguna, Cleveland National Forest, San Diego County, California;
Optics - Takahashi E-160 at f/3.3
Mount - Astro-Physics 1200GTO
Camera - SBIG STL-11000M