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IC 443
Object Information:

IC 443 (also known as the Jellyfish Nebula)

Located in the constellation of Gemini, IC 443 is believed by astronomers to be the remnant of a supernova which is believed to have exploded approximately 30,000 years ago. We are able to see the remnants of that explosion as IC 443 which is a shock wave of excited molecular hydrogen passing through space.

The two bright stars in the frame [Mu Geminorum and Eta Geminorum] are naked eye objects located in the southwest portion of the Gemini constellation.

Image date:

December 28, 2011

Exposure Information:

Three hour exposure - one hour for each of the red green and blue filtered exposures.

Imaged at:

Vallecito County Park, Anza-Borrego Desert, San Diego County, California.

Equipment:

Optics - Takahashi Epsilon 160 f/3.3 astrograph
Mount - Astro-Physics AP 1200 GTO
Camera - SBIG STL-11000M