In the Loop

The Veil Nebula Com­plex, or Cygnus Loop, is com­posed of three prom­i­nent neb­u­lae. We take a look at each one in turn…

Sky at Night Magazine - - AT A GLANCE -

1. The Eastern Veil

The Eastern Veil, as the name sug­gests, lies on the eastern side of the Veil Com­plex and is cat­a­logued as NGC 6992. The nebula’s spec­tac­u­lar form – which re­sem­bles a fish hook – is com­posed of bright ten­drils, mak­ing it pop­u­lar for as­tropho­tog­ra­phers.

2. Pickering’s Tri­an­gle

Ly­ing about 1° north­east of the Witch’s Broom Nebula, Pickering’s Tri­an­gle is a wedge-shaped net­work of fil­a­ments cov­er­ing roughly half a de­gree on the sky. Sur­round­ing it are nu­mer­ous other fainter, glow­ing scraps of rem­nant ma­te­rial.

3. The Witch’s Broom Nebula

Per­haps the most fa­mous com­po­nent of the Veil Nebula Com­plex, the Witch’s Broom Nebula, or West­ern Veil, sits prac­ti­cally on top of the 4th-mag­ni­tude star 52 Cygni. In the New Gen­eral Cat­a­logue it is listed as ob­ject NGC 6960.

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