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IC443 is the remnant of a star that exploded more than 1,000 years ago. The expanding bubble of gas now continues to plow through the interstellar medium (ISM, latent clouds of gas in our galaxy) and glow due to the interaction. Notice the very fine filaments of gas on the left side of the image. This form of star death is one of two methods known that "seed" the galaxy with heavy elements (to later form planets and humans perhaps).


Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/6.3
SBIG ST8E CCD camera with color filter wheel

L R G B color production was used to create this image.

Luminance = 40 minutes binned 2x2
Red = 10 minutes binned 3x3
Green = 10 minutes binned 3x3
Blue = 20 minutes binned 3x3

  • No other processing done to this image.
  • Minimum credit line: Chip Levinson/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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    Updated: 8/14/2000