Simeis 147

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Simeis 147
Simeis 147
The supernova remnant nebula from Simeis 147 or the Spaghetti Nebula.
Observation data (Epoch J2000)
Supernova type Unknown
Remnant type Mixed-morphology
Host galaxy Milky way
Constellation Taurus
Right ascension 05h 39m 06s
Declination +27° 59′ 55″
Galactic coordinates Unknown
Discovery date 1952[1]
Peak magnitude (V) 6.5
Distance 3,000 light-years (0.92 kpc)
Physical characteristics
Progenitor Unknown
Progenitor type Unknown
Colour (B-V) Unknown

Simeis 147, also known as the Spaghetti Nebula, SNR G180.0-01.7 or Sharpless 2-240, is a supernova remnant (SNR) in the Milky Way, straddling the border between the constellations Auriga and Taurus. Discovered in 1952 at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory using a 25-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, it is difficult to observe due to its extremely low brightness.

The nebulous area is fairly large with an almost spherical shell and filamentary structure.[2] The remnant has an apparent diameter of approximately 3 degrees, an estimated distance of approximately 3000 (±350) light-years, and an age of approximately 40,000 years.[3]

It is believed that after its stellar explosion a rapidly spinning neutron star known as pulsar PSR J0538+2817 was left behind in the nebula core, emitting a strong radio signal.[4]


  1. ^ "Simeis 147, Supernova Remnant in Taurus". AstroPix. 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "VizieR query result". Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg. 20 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Astronomy Picture of the Day". NASA. 9 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "SIMBAD query result". Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg. 20 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: Sky map 05h 41m 00s, +28° 06′ 13″