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…
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.