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IN SPACE, EVEN THE DEBRIS LOOKS COOL

This photo shows a wispy portion of the Veil Nebula - the shattered remains of a supernova that exploded some 5,000-10,000 years ago - as seen by the Hubble space telescope. The intertwined rope-like filaments of gas result from enormous amounts of energy released as the fast-moving debris from the explosion plows into its surroundings and creates shock fronts. The image displays two characteristic features: sharp filaments and diffuse emission, which correspond to two angles of viewing. Sharp filaments correspond to an edge-on view of a shock front, and diffuse emission corresponds to a face-on view.

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