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New processing techniques make Hubble’s image of the Veil nebula more spectacular

Over the many years, the Hubble Space Telescope has orbited the Earth, it has had its share of problems. The space telescope also took some of the most spectacular images of the cosmos that humans have ever seen. One of the most beautiful images that Hubble took is that of the Veil nebula.

NASA originally shared the image seen above the veil nebula in 2015. The image was recently treated with some new image processing techniques that make it even more impressive. The incredibly detailed image of the nebula shows all the delicate details of its cloud-like structure. The new image processing techniques revealed details never before seen of the structure inside the nebula.

The veil nebula itself is a remnant of a supernova that is 2,100 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Hubble is currently a joint project between NASA and ESA. ESA describes the new image showing the “delicate strands and filaments of ionized gas” in the nebula.

The new post-processing method further improves the details of double-ionized oxygen emissions (seen in blue colors), ionized hydrogen and ionized nitrogen (seen in red). The image shows only a part of the nebula that was once home to a huge star that exploded.

For those who want to see more details, the ESA Hubble website has the full-size image available for download here. Scientists around the world are looking forward to the next generation of space telescopes that will offer an even greater ability to delve deeply into the cosmos and will undoubtedly result in more incredible images for us to look into in the future.

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