Jellyfish Nebula, c 2005.

Jellyfish Nebula, c 2005.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in the net of this spectacular wide-field telescopic view. Flanked by two yellow-tinted stars, the Jellyfish Nebula is the brighter arcing ridge of emission with dangling tentacles just right of centre. Here, the cosmic jellyfish is seen to be part of bubble-shaped supernova remnant IC 443, the expanding debris cloud from an exploded star some 5,000 light-years away.

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