IN HONOR OF MY NEW ADDITION, LET’S TAKE A TOUR OF IC1848, THE SOUL NEBULA.
Photo By: Steven Coates of http://coatesastrophotography.com/
Before I begin please allow me to take a moment to thank every one of you who commented and congratulated me of the birth of my son. It’s been quite a long few days and it’s pretty amazing that people whom I have something in common with but do not know personally would take a moment and do that, it literally choked me up to come back a few hours later and see that…..Thank you all so much!!! See, the internet CAN be used for good lol.
The Soul Nebula (SH2-199 & LBN 667) is an emission nebula located in the constellation of Cassiopeia. This region like most can potentially go by many names due to its number of different objects and those objects ability into many different categories and catalogs. For example, the “head” of this baby shaped region contains three open star clusters, Collinder 34 (CR34), Collinder 632 (CR632) and Collinder 634 (CR634) while the body contains the open star cluster IC1848 (The name typically associated with the entire region) or W5.
Just off the top of the “head” though it’s not pictured here is a small emission nebula cataloged as SH2-201 or IC1871 and just below the “back” are two smaller emission nebulae cataloged as 670 and 669. If you were to pull back and zoom out a bit you would notice the Soul Nebula has a much larger partner called the Heart Nebula. Both combined, the region is famously known as the Heart & Soul Nebula. This entire nebulous region was formed when approximately a million years ago (As we see it) newborn stars came to life from within their condensed cocoon of material. Once compression heated the material enough stars began to form, as that radiation compressed and disturbed the surrounding area it triggered even more star formation. Ever since then they have been blasting away at their progenitor cloud of material through intense stellar winds, in order to light the universe and see it for themselves for the first time……..The Soul Nebula spans an area of about 4 Full Moons on the night sky.
NAME: IC1848, LBN667, Sharpless 2-199 and the Soul Nebula.
WHAT IS IT?: Open star cluster, star forming region and emission nebula.
HOW FAR AWAY IS IT?: About 6500-7500 light years.
HOW BIG IS IT?: About 100-150 light years at its widest (4 Full Moon widths).
APPARENT MAGNITUDE?: A very dim 20 or +20.
WHERE IS IT? (General): Constellation Cassiopeia.
WHERE IS IT? (Exact RA/DEC J2000): RA 02h 51m 36s / +60deg 26’ 54”.
Steve Coates page for this actual photo: http://coatesastrophotography.com/p840667703/h4ae8f618#h4ae8f618