Season's Greetings From Nebula Veil
A stardust veil in resplendent detail
is with multicolors imbued
from astral blast leaving Cygnus aghast
in the stunning spectacle viewed.
Supernova boom made stellar winds zoom
into beauteous wispy guise
as swan song story, whose gorgeous glory
its violent dawning belies.
This picturesque cloud of filament shroud
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: astronomy ,christmas,holidays,hope,nebula,new year,wish
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
"Boundaries vanish when the world looks skyward." ~ Motto of Astronomers Without Borders…
The poem is adapted from "Dying Swan Tail Unveiled", posted May 2017…
Image: The Veil Nebula was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Image released Sept.24,2015.
Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team
About this image ~ The Hubble Telescope was used to zoom into a small section of the expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago. Called the Veil Nebula, the debris is one of the best-known supernova remnants. The entire nebula is 110 light-years across, and resides about 2,100 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan.
This close-up view is a mosaic of six Hubble pictures of a small area roughly two light-years across; covering only a tiny fraction of the nebula's vast structure. Wisps of gas are all that remain of what was once a star 20 times more massive than our sun. The fast-moving blast wave from the ancient explosion is plowing into a wall of cool, denser interstellar gas, emitting light. The nebula lies along the edge of a large bubble of low-density gas that was blown into space by the dying star prior to its self-detonation.
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