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IC 1848

 

IC 1848

 

IC 1848 is the designation of a young star cluster and the emission nebula surrounding it, which are located in eastern Cassiopeia. It is one of the "Double Nebulae", the other one being IC 1805, so-called because of their proximity to to NGC 884 and NGC 869, the Double Cluster in Perseus. Some amateurs call IC 1848 also the "Soul Nebula", the corresponding "Heart" being IC 1805. The star cluster is surrounded by hydrogen, which is excited by UV light from the young and hot stars and therefore glows mainly in the red light of the Hα emission line.

P.S.: My observing partner Howdii and I once decided on calling IC 1848 the "Smiling Fox Nebula", as the right part (the ring) shows cleary ears, two holes for the eyes, mouth, and a snout, just like a fox'es face out of some comics book, looking to the right and a bit towards us. He might even be smoking... :-)

Cassiopeia/Perseus Border Region, telelens photograph.
Perseus, standard lens photograph.


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