IC 443 Super Nova Remnant in -
Also known as the "Jelly Fish"

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Location: Waldwick, NJ
About 8000 years ago, a star in our Galaxy exploded. Ancient humans might have noticed the supernova as a temporary star, but modern humans can see
the expanding shell of gas even today. Pictured above, part of the shell of IC 443 is seen to be composed of complex filaments, some of which are impacting
an existing molecular cloud. Here emission from shock-excited molecular hydrogen is allowing astronomers to study how fast moving supernova gas
affects star formation in the cloud. Additionally, astronomers theorize that the impact accelerates some particles to velocities near the speed of light. - 1

The Super Nova Remnant is about 5000 light years from Earth and it spans 50 lights across.  The two bright stars on either side are Red Giants, Tejat
Posterior and Propus, Tejat Prior which are 232 and 351 light years distant resepctively.  They both burn with the luminescence of 2500 of our Suns.  

1 - http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap030903.html
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