Supernova Remnant & Star Cluster

By: Alan Dyer

Dec 07 2014

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Category: Deep-Sky

5 Comments

Focal Length:50mm
ISO:800
Shutter:361 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

A bubble of glowing gas blows away from an ancient dying star, next to a cluster of new stars in Gemini.

This image, from a week ago, captures contrasting stages in the life of a star.

At left is a crescent-shaped bubble of gas called IC 443, or the Jellyfish Nebula, billowing away from the site of an ancient supernova explosion, when a giant star ended its life in a blast thousands of years ago. Estimates put its age as between 3,000 and 30,000 years.

At upper right is the bright open star cluster, Messier 35, a gathering of hundreds of comparatively new stars at the beginning of their lives. M35 lies 2,800 light years away, close enough that its stars are nicely resolved in my photo and in any small telescope. M35 is one of the showpieces of the winter northern sky.

Just below M35 you can see a fuzzy glow. It’s another star cluster, NGC 2158. However, its great distance of 11,000 light years makes it appear as a small, partially-resolved glow, a nice contrast in clusters near and far.

IC 443 Supernova Remnant in Gemini

This image focuses on IC 443, sitting between the stars Eta (right) and Mu Geminorum. The field is filled with other faint nebulosity, all part of the cycle of star birth and death.

– Alan, December 7, 2014 / © 2014 Alan Dyer

5 comments on “Supernova Remnant & Star Cluster”

  1. I am in awe! ❤

  2. An amazing composition Alan. Inspiring.

    My close-ups of M35 certainly doesn’t show it’s located in, galactically speaking; “An nebulosity filled, upscale neighbourhood within an urban renewal scheme”.

    If the clouds ever break & it’s not under -15 C, I think I’ll return to M35 with a wider angle view in mind.

    Clear Skies & Clean Lenses

    Marion & Kevin

    • Hi, yes, that’s why I like the wider field images through telescopes, to show the object in context, rather than in-your-face close ups. Thanks!

  3. Alan,

    The colors and details are fantastic. Was this shot through one of your telescopes?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: