The glowing remains of a massive star • Earth.com

Last update: September 17th, 2019 at 8:28 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA features a striking view of the Cygnus Loop nebula, which is a large supernova remnant (SNR) in the constellation Cygnus.

The nebula, which is located about 1,500 light-years from our planet, was formed during the explosive death of a massive star about 10,000 – 20,000 years ago.

Hot dust and gas can be seen glowing brightly in this ultraviolet image captured by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer. 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA 

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