Killer image of supernova remnant Simeis 147

Posted by David Eicher
on Thursday, February 16, 2012

California astroimager Rogelio Bernal Andreo has scored again with a stunning image of Simeis 147, the famous and legendarily faint supernova remnant in Taurus. Also known as Sharpless 2–240, this cloud is composed of expanding gas belched from a dying star that exploded about 40,000 years ago. The nebula is so faint that it’s a challenge to photograph, let alone observe visually.

Rogelio Bernal Andreo
The nebula covers about 3° of sky, making individual parts of it extraordinarily faint. The light from Simeis 147 has traveled about 3,000 years to reach our eyes tonight.

Congratulations to Rogelio for creating what has to be the most stunning photo of this object captured by an amateur astronomer!

Check out Rogelio’s website “Deep Sky Colors” for more of his amazing work.

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