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Witch’s Broom

The Veil Nebula is a cloud of ionized gas left behind from a supernova's explosion.

Known by many names — including the Witch’s Broom Nebula — NGC 6960 is part of a supernova remnant visible in the constellation Cygnus. The wisp-like filaments of the nebula are shock waves moving through the cloud of dust and ionized gas. Based on observations using the Hubble Space Telescope, the nebula is expanding at around 1.5 million kilometers per hour. When the original supernova exploded thousands of years ago, astrophysicists estimate it would have been bright enough to see during daytime! (Image credit: K. Crawford)

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