Click here for a high resolution image of the main portion of NGC 6960 (1.63 MB)

 

 

The Details
Object
NGC 6960 The Cirrus Nebula in Cygnus
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF Refractor at f/7.7
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance 6nm Hydrogen-alpha filter
Date
09 November 2006
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 7 x 1800 sec 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop CS2
Orientation
Field of View: 01°32’ x 00°59’ centered on RA 20h46m45s
DEC 30°31’21”. North angle 252.4°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
NGC 6960 is also known as the Cirrus or Witch's Broom Nebula. It is the westernmost portion of the Veil Nebula complex and is shown in the above image as the prominent arc adjacent to the brightest star in the field, 52 Cygni. Born in the cataclysmic explosion of a supernova event occurring over 5000 years ago, the intertwining strands and folds of gas are a testament to the violent occurrence that scattered the remains of the parent star across 100 light years of interstellar space. The bright star 52 Cygni is not associated with the supernova explosion.

 

 

 

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