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The Details
Object
IC 443, IC 444 and Sharpless 2-249 in Gemini
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF refractor @ f/5.7
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance 6nm Hydrogen-alpha filter
Date
19 November 2006
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 6 x 1800 sec 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop CS3
Orientation
Field of View: 02°11’ x 01°27’ centered on RA 06h18m55.5s
DEC 22 °43’12”. North angle 354.64 °; east 90° CCW from north
Notes

The awe-inspiring form of IC 443 is the result of a supernova's shock wave colliding with an adjacent molecular cloud to create the billowing strands of material seen in this image. This object is estimated to be approximately 5000 light years from Earth and approximately 30,000 years old. Sharpless 2-249 is an emission nebula with interesting dark lanes shown in the left half of the above image while IC 444 is a small reflection/emission nebula seen at top dead center. The two bright stars in this image are Mu Geminorum at left and Eta Geminorum (aka Propus) at right.

 

 

 

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