Wednesday, March 28, 2012

NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer: UV image of the Cygnus Loop Nebula

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

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


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