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.
December 28, 2011
Three hour exposure - one hour for each of the red green and blue filtered exposures.
Vallecito County Park, Anza-Borrego Desert, San Diego County, California.
Optics - Takahashi Epsilon 160 f/3.3 astrograph
Mount - Astro-Physics AP 1200 GTO
Camera - SBIG STL-11000M