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The western part of the large and complex Veil Nebula is catalogued as NGC 6960 (also Caldwell 34), and is known variously as the Witch’s Broom, Finger of God, or Filamentary Nebula. It is a remnant of a supernova explosion and is composed of ionized gas and dust. Analysis of its emissions indicates the presence of oxygen, sulfur, and hydrogen. Discovered by William Herschel on September 5th, 1784, it is near the star 52 Cygni.

Type: Supernova remnant

Designations: NGC 6960; Caldwell 34

Constellation: Cygnus

Visual magnitude: 7.0v

Estimated age: 5,000 to 8,000 years

Distance from Earth: 1,470 light-years

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(Western) Veil Nebula, NGC 6960