The famous Veil Nebula has long been renowned for its visual beauty and galactic complexity. Representing the only evidence of a supernova that marked the death of a gigantic star, the Veil Nebula is being depicted in all its glory by this image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
The photograph shows the Veil Nebula as a hauntingly beautiful mass of chaotic gases. In fact, the photograph is actually a mosaic of six different images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, together, these images capture a region that is two light-years across. The different colors in the image correspond to unique elements, with hydrogen regions represented as red and oxygen as blue.
This is only the latest example of how space photography can not only induce a sense of wonder but also enhance our understanding of the universe.
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