Eastern Veil Nebula
Photons captured in Simpson, North Carolina, in August, September and October 2015. The image is 6 stitched panels collected over a total of 28 hours exposure time.
This image represents new found patience when it comes to taking time on a subject. The weather almost forced this project to be delayed an entire year. Fortunately hurricane Joaquin chose to move well off shore of the Carolinas and I got the last few clear nights before this target moved out of my sky for the season.
This six panel mosaic is only a small part of the larger veil complex. This nebula is the remnant of a supernova that exploded about 8000 years ago. The bright reds are excited hydrogen gas and the blues are oxygen. These gases glow when the expanding shockwave from the exploding star slams into them at tremendous speeds. This stunning vista can be found in the constellation Cygnus and is 1400 light years away.