“Great Exploding Supernovae, Batman!”
It’s been quite some time since I’ve done an astronomy post, or more correctly, an “images of awesome stars post” because I’m going to give you a link to get the full—and fascinating—astronomical explanation.
But in brief, this panorama is of the Cygnus Loop, a remnant supernova located in the Cygnus constellation. And apparently the original astronomical image is also one of the largest ever made, at (a mind-blowing) 600 million pizels in size.
The image was taken by the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona and a fuller astronomical explanation of the image is provided by Jason Major on the Universe Today site, here. It’s extremely interesting and well worth a read, so do click through.
But for today, I’m just enjoyng the “awesome” of this image. And to quote astronomer, Dr Richard Cool, from the Universe Today article:
“Images like this are amazing because they can remind you of the big picture and beauty that surrounds us.”