Shrapnel from an exploded star

24 septiembre 2015

Astronomers are comparing new images of the Veil Nebula, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in April 2015 with Hubble images taken in 1997, to study how the nebula has expanded since it was photographed over 18 years ago. The supernova that created the Veil Nebula would have been briefly visible to our very distant ancestors thousands of years ago as a bright «new star» in the northern sky.