IC443 Super Nova Remnant

IC443 Super Nova Remnant

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This image captures luminous details in the north eastern side of IC443 the Jelly Fish Nebula through a narrowband hydrogen alpha filter. The intricately scalloped tsunami of stellar material continues to expand after a supernova explosion that occurred over 30,000 years ago when our ancestral Cro-Magnon walked the Earth. Since the initial explosion, the billowing bubble of debris has spread out around 300 light years with an apparent size from our vantage point the width of two full moons. Light and heavy elements that once formed the exploded star enrich the intergalactic space east of Eta Geminorum and supply recyclable stardust to molecular clouds that eventually host new star and planet formation.

Date Imaged       :

January 25, 2011

Lens       :

N16 f/4.5

Camera       :

SBIG ST10xme

Exposure       :

2.8 hours

Filter       :

Astrodon Ha 34x5 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio