NASA's Hubble captures stunning image of supernova blast wave

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures a stunning image of powerful blast wave from a dying star 2,400 light-years from Earth NASA shared the image of the supernova blast wave remnant taken by Hubble  What is seen in the image is the very outer edge of a giant supernova blast wave It happened some 20,000 years ago and is about 2,400 light years from Earth 

By Ryan Morrison For Mailonline

Published: 10:30 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 15:01 BST, 2 September 2020

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An image of a 'delicate supernova blast wave' seen draped across the sky 2,400 light years from Earth, has been captured by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope.

Appearing like a light veil across the sky, it is actually the outer edge of a supernova remnant from an explosion that blasted apart a dying star up to 20,000 years ago.

The European Space Agency (ESA), a partner in the Hubble telescope, said the exploding star would have been about 20 times more massive than our Sun.  

The stellar phenomenon is called the Cygnus supernova blast wave - the name comes from its position in the northern constellation of Cygnus (the Swan).  

Appearing like a light veil across the sky, it is actually the outer edge of a supernova remnant from an explosion that blasted apart a dying star up to 20,000 years ago

Appearing like a light veil across the sky, it is actually the outer edge of a supernova remnant from an explosion that blasted apart a dying star up to 20,000 years ago

Since the original supernova explosion blasted apart the giant star, the remnant has expanded out as much as 60 light-years from its centre. 

The shockwave imaged by Hubble marks the outer edge of the supernova remnant and continues to expand at around 217 miles per second, ESA explained. 

'The interaction of ejected material and low-density interstellar material swept up by the shockwave forms the distinctive veil-like structure seen in the image,' ESA said.

A supernova is an explosion where a giant star reaches the end of its life and expels most of its mass into space - over time resulting in strange shaped remnants.

The Cygnus remnant covers an area of the sky 36 times larger than the full Moon.

Hubble is now celebrating 30 years since it was launched into low earth orbit in 1990 - over that time it has helped revolutionise our understanding of the universe. 

While Hubble has been an amazing source of information for scientists, it has also

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