I like to think of astrophotographers as fishermen standing on that shore casting their line into the star studded surf. There are many wonders that have been caught by talented photographers. One such celestial wonder is the Jellyfish nebula, captured in bright and colorful detail by David Lindemann.
As it floats near the bright star Eta Geminorumhe 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 in the constellation Gemini. IC 443 is one of the best-studied cases of supernova remnants interacting with surrounding molecular clouds. Light from the explosion first reached planet Earth over 30,000 years ago. At 5,000 light-years away, this image would be about 100 light-years across.
It is nice to dream we may one day have ships like the one Carl piloted in his legendary TV series, Cosmos. Maybe one day humans will be able to see these incredible wonders with their own eyes as they park their galaxy class star ships on the edge of an enormous nebula and take in all the breathtaking detail.
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