The Jellyfish Nebula
Faint and elusive
Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in this alluring telescopic field of view. The entire scene is using narrowband image data, with emission from sulfur, hydrogen and oxygen atoms shown in red, green and blue hues. It’s anchored right and left by two bright stars, Mu and Eta Geminorum, at the foot of the celestial twin. The Jellyfish Nebula itself is left of center, the brighter arcing ridge of emission with dangling tentacles. In fact, the cosmic jellyfish is part of bubble-shaped supernova remnant IC 443, the expanding debris cloud from a massive star that exploded. Light from the explosion first reached planet Earth over 30,000 years ago. Like its cousin in astrophysical waters the Crab Nebula supernova remnant, the Jellyfish Nebula is known to harbor a neutron star, the remnant of the collapsed stellar core. An emission nebula cataloged as Sharpless 249 fills the field at the lower right. The Jellyfish Nebula is about 5,000 light-years away. At that distance, this image would be about 300 light-years across.
The Jellyfish Nebula in Gemini
|Imaging telescopes||Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph 11″|
|Guiding||Guidescope 130mm, ZWO ASI 120M|
|Filter||Baader 3.5 / 4nm f/2 Ultra-Highspeed-Filter-Set 50mm² (H-alpha / O-III / S-II), Baader R, G, B (50mm²)|
|Accessories||Baader UFC, Baader UFC-Tilter, Celestron Focus Motor for SCT|
|Integration||24 hours, H-Alpha: 205×180″, OIII: 108×180″, SII: 112×180″, RGB each: 120×30″|
|Dates of recording||8 nights between February 2022 and March 2022|
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