<p>The Veil Nebula is the lingering result of a <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/04/140424-superbright-supernova-gravitational-lens-science/">supernova</a> that exploded about 8,000 years ago. The ripples and veins of color arise when the explosion's shock wave collides with cooler, denser pockets of gas in space.</p>

A Beautiful Death

The Veil Nebula is the lingering result of a supernova that exploded about 8,000 years ago. The ripples and veins of color arise when the explosion's shock wave collides with cooler, denser pockets of gas in space.

Photograph by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team ( STScI/ AURA)

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