NGC 6995 Veil Nebula

NGC 6995 Veil Nebula
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Object: NGC 6995 Veil Nebula
Date of exposures: 13.06.2017, 14.06.2017, 15.06.2017, 17.06.2017
Distance: 1.470 Lightyears
Exposures: Ha: 15 x 600 Sec., O[III]: 11 x 900 Sec., RGB: 41 x 240 Sec., Sum. 7,1 hrs.
Telescope: Takahashi FSQ85
Additional stuff: Takahashi 0,73 Reducer
Focal length: 325 mm
Filter: Astrodon Ha 5nm, OIII 3nm
Camera: Atik 490Exm
Guiding: Off Axis Guider, Lodestar
Mount: EQ8

The Veil Nebula (also known as NGC 6995) is the visible part of the cygnus arc visible in the optical spectrum, a collection of emission and reflection nebulae, which are located at a distance of around 1,500 light-years in the constellation of swan. They are together the remnant of a Supernova, which took place about 8,000 years ago. Various parts of the nebula have different NGC and IC numbers. Thus, the NGC 6960, NGC 6974, NGC 6979, NGC 6992, NGC 6995, and IC 1340 all belong to the same structure.

The nebula was discovered by William Herschel on 5 September 1784. First photographs were already made and published by Isaac Roberts at the end of the 19th century. The nebula is, however, not easy to observe despite its total brightness of about 7 mag due to its large area extension of 230 '× 160' for amateur astronomers.


For scientists, it is an ideal target because it is not obscured by foreground objects. Numerous studies have been carried out on the gas structure and gas dynamics of Supernova remains, for example detailed studies with the Hubble space telescope. Investigations by the satellite ROSAT show that the entire nebula in the X-ray range is similar to a light bulb. However, the compact remnant (neutron star, pulsar or black hole) of the Supernova is not known.

 

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