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Western Veil Nebula

Lacework Nebula, Witch's Broom, C34, NGC 6960

Proper NamesWestern Veil Nebula, Lacework Nebula, Witch's Broom
Caldwell NumberC34
NGC/IC NumberNGC 6960
Right Ascension20h 46m 31s
Declination+30° 47' 21"
Distancec.2,600 light years
c.800 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +5.0
Absolute: -4.5
DimensionsApparent: 70' x 6'
Actual: 53 x 5 light years
Optimum VisibilityAugust
NotesThe Veil Nebula is the remnant of an ancient supernova that forms a pattern of nebulous arcs, with the Western Veil representing the westernmost of these arcs. The star 52 Cygni falls against the backdrop of the nebula, but is actually some ten times closer to the Solar System than the nebula beyond.


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