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The stunning Veil Nebula was created after a star about 20 times the mass…

The stunning Veil Nebula was created after a star about 20 times the mass…

The stunning Veil Nebula was created after a star about 20 times the mass…

The stunning Veil Nebula was created after a star about 20 times the mass of the Sun lived fast and died young – exploding in a cataclysmic release of energy known as a supernova.

In a violent stellar explosion roughly 10,000 years ago, shockwaves and debris created this staggeringly beautiful trail through space. The picture above shows a mosaic of six Hubble Space Telescope pictures, a small area roughly two light-years across, and only a tiny fraction of the nebula’s vast 110 light-year structure.

To learn more about Hubble’s celebration of Nebula November and see new nebula images, visit our space telescope’s nebula page.

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Image credits: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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