Let’s stop all this science talk for a second and just enjoy this amazing photograph. It’s an image of Pickering’s Triangle; a portion of the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant, located about 1,500 light-years from Earth. This is the same remnant that contains the famous Veil Nebula. Astronomers think that the supernova detonated about 5-10,000 years ago, and the nebula now stretches across more than six full Moons of width across the sky.
The image was captured by the 64-pixel NOAO Mosaic-1 imager connected to the National Science Foundation’s Mayall 4-metre telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, and was released at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin.
Of all the pictures I’ve seen at the conference so far, I’ve got to say this one’s my favourite. And it just gets better in higher resolutions. I’ve made it my desktop background… and so should you.
Original Source: NOAO News Release