Can you see the blue insect-like goggles on the face of Vela shown here?
The brightest glowing filaments of hot ionised O3 create extraordinary forms and shapes in the vast Vela Supernova Remnant, an expanding debris cloud from the death explosion of a massive star.
Light from the supernova explosion that created the Vela remnant reached Earth about 11,000 years ago. Contrasted against the red Ha rich background these forms are more clearly seen in this starless image (Starnet++) of the Vela SNR – 800 light years distant.
8 hrs O3 3nm
6 Hrs Ha 3nm
14 hrs exposure, using two narrowband filters (Ha & O3) – and Marco Lorenzi Bicolour processing technique.
Processed in Astropixel Processor & Photoshop CC 2020
Taken from my light polluted suburban backyard under a full moon!
About this Nebula
Within the Eastern section of the Vela Supernova Remnant, the expanding debris cloud is from the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the supernova explosion that created the Vela remnant reached Earth about 11,000 years ago. In addition to the shocked filaments of glowing gas, the cosmic catastrophe also left behind an incredibly dense, rotating stellar core, the Vela Pulsar. Some 800 light-years distant, the Vela remnant is likely embedded in a larger and older supernova remnant, the Gum Nebula. In this narrowband, wide field image, red and blue colours track the characteristic glow of ionised hydrogen (red) and oxygen (blue) atoms. (APOD)
“Seeing recognizable objects or patterns in otherwise random or unrelated objects or patterns is called pareidolia. Everyone experiences it from time to time. Seeing the famous man in the moon is a classic example from astronomy. “