Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in
alluring telescopic view.
Drifting near bright star
Geminorum, at the foot of a
twin, the Jellyfish Nebula is seen
dangling tentacles from the bright arcing ridge of emission
left of center.
In fact, the cosmic jellyfish is part of bubble-shaped
supernova remnant IC 443, the expanding
debris cloud from a
star that exploded.
Light from the explosion first reached planet Earth over 30,000 years
Like its cousin in astrophysical waters the
supernova remnant, IC 443 is known to harbor
a neutron star, the remnant of the collapsed stellar core.
The Jellyfish Nebula is about 5,000 light-years away.
At that distance, this image would be about 100 light-years
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