Image of the Day: Fire Ninjas of the Veil Nebula

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Dark flying forms and garish colors highlight this cosmic close-up of the eastern Veil Nebula 1,400 light-years from planet Earth. . The Veil Nebula itself is a large supernova remnant, the expanding debris cloud from the death explosion of a massive star.In this composite of image data recorded through narrow band filters, emission from hydrogen atoms in the remnant is shown in red with strong emission from oxygen atoms in greenish hues. In the western part of the Veil lies another seasonal apparition, the Witch's Broom.



Image credit: NASA/APOD

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