Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Elusive Jellyfish Nebula
Posted on 01/09/2013 4:51:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in this alluring telescopic view. Drifting near bright star Eta Geminorum, at the foot of a celestial 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 massive star that exploded. Light from the explosion first reached planet Earth over 30,000 years ago. Like its cousin in astrophysical waters the Crab Nebula 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 across.
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Thank you very much, SunkenCiv.
Tilting my head to the right, I can see a spooky face...LOL.
Looks like my last CAT scan.....and yes, I can happily announce that I do, in fact, have a brain. Kinda.
Woulda had one if the wookie was told to pack her bags.
But then again it may have been largely undetectable being mostly composed of dark matter....
Wow...I see that 3D spooky head too! :-)
This is great, Mr. Civilizations!
Every APOD a Rorschach test! I see two halves of a brain at war with each other.
I do have the Lava Lamp on right now.
I feel that the Lava Lamp brand would be successful with other products, such as hot sauce, spag sauce, pretty much any kind of sauce. :’)
Actually, it’s a real Lava Lamp. With the hot pink liquid and red molten plastic moving around in there as if it were alive.
Being a juvenile delinquent, I ignored the part about “don’t shake the lamp,” and I shook the lamp. It’s now full of tiny bits of molten plastic that looks almost like glitter. It really has very little, weak cohesion.
But when I shut off the light, it all solidifies and drops down to the bottom. Lives to fight another day, as it were.