Ever wondered what star dust looks like? NASA released this insane photo today of the Veil Nebula. It’s literally the aftermath of a star explosion:
What you’re looking at is an expanding cloud of dust and gases that resulted from the supernova of a star 20 times as big as the sun. It exploded 8,000 years ago. The image is a composite from photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
The whole Veil Nubula is about 110 light years across, and it’s 2,100 light years away. From the perspective of Earth, that’s the equivalent width of about six moons. It’s located in the Cygnus, or Swan, constellation.
The section in the photo is just two light years across. You can see where it’s located in the sky in this video:
Is your mind not yet sufficiently blown? NASA also created a video visualization of what it would look like to fly by the nebula: