If you’re a Star Trek fan, you could suppose the above picture portrays the “Nexus” from the film Star Trek: Generations. In the movie, the Nexus was a ribbon-like additional-dimensional realm that exists outdoors of regular house-time.
But that is really an actual picture from the venerable Hubble Space Telescope, of the Cygnus Loop. This gorgeous image from house reveals only a small portion of a blast wave left over from a supernova that came about, from our vantage level, in the northern constellation Cygnus the Swan.
The authentic supernova explosion blasted aside a dying star about 2,600 gentle-years away. This star was roughly 20 instances extra large than our Sun, and the blast doubtless occurred between 10,000 to 20,000 years in the past. Since then, the remnant has expanded 60 gentle-years from its heart.
While showing as a fragile and lightweight veil draped throughout the sky, this picture from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope really depicts a small part of the Cygnus supernova blast wave, positioned round 2600 gentle-years away. Credit:
ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Blair.The shockwave marks the periphery of the supernova remnant and continues to increase at unimaginable speeds, round 350 kilometers per second. The interplay of the ejected materials and the low-density interstellar materials swept up by the shockwave types the distinctive veil-like construction seen on this picture.
In Star Trek lore, for those who have been inside the Nexus, you existed in an ideal, idealized world. Staring at an unimaginable picture like this makes you think about that one thing like that may simply be doable.
Here’s one other, earlier Hubble picture of the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant from 1991, and beneath that’s a picture of the well-known Veil Nebula, which is inside the bigger Cygnus supernova remnant.
This 1991 picture from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captures a small part of the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant. Credit: NASA/HubbleVeil Nebula. Image credit score: ESA/Hubble Space TelescopeSource: ESA
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