The Veil nebula or Cygnus Loop, some 2500 light years away is an enormous region of diffuse gas emission, covering several degrees on the sky. - Credit: N. A. Sharp, REU program/AURA/NOAO/NSF
Just in time for Halloween, astrophotographer Fred Herrmann sent in a photo of the "Witch's Broom," NGC 6960, part of the Veil Nebula. Herrmann took the photo from his observatory, Owl Mountain Observatory on Blue Mountain in Huntsville, Alabama. Photo dated 2013. [Read the Full 2013 Halloween Story Here]
Plowing Through the Depths of Space - The star, called CW Leo, is hurtling through space at about 204,000 miles per hour (91 kilometers per second), or roughly 265 times the speed of sound on Earth. This image is the combination of near-ultraviolet data, shown in yellow, and far-ultraviolet data, shown in blue.