Anticenter shell

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Anticenter Shell
Observation data: B1950.0 epoch
Right ascension 06h 27m
Declination +15°
Distance 55 k ly   (17 k pc)
See also: Lists of nebulae

The anticenter shell or anticenter superbubble is a region near the anticenter of the Milky Way Galaxy that emits 21 cm radiation. It is located at 06h 27m +15°, or l = 197°, b = +2° in galactic coordinates,[1] near the border of the constellations Gemini and Orion. It is a supershell (a very large superbubble) within our galaxy that is spherical in shape and features jets of gas.

Discovered in 1970, this galactic object has subsequently been variously classified by researchers as a spiral arm of the Milky Way in 1972, a nearby tidally-stripped dwarf galaxy in 1975, and a high-velocity cloud in 1979.[2]

The name Snickers for the anticenter shell arose from the description in 1975 by Christian Simonson, a University of Maryland astronomer who believed it to be a small "peanut" of a galaxy just outside the Milky Way.[1] [3] Simonson's colleagues coined the name Snickers (in reference to the American chocolate bars Milky Way and Snickers) due to its proximity to the Milky Way. Less popularly, the anticenter superbubble is also referred to as 0627-15 from its equatorial coordinates.[4]

The anticenter shell is approximately 55,000 light years (17 kpc) from the sun.[1] Its dimensions are difficult to determine by radio observation due to its location near the Zone of Avoidance, the regions of the sky obscured by interstellar dust along the galactic equator.


  1. ^ a b c Simonson, S. Christian, III. (1975). "A New Milky Way Satellite Found in 21-Centimeter Line Observations". Astrophysical Journal Letters. 201: L103–L108. Bibcode:1975ApJ...201L.103S. doi:10.1086/181952. 
  2. ^ Tamanaha, Christopher M. (1997). "The Anticenter Shell and the Anticenter Chain". Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. 109 (1): 139. Bibcode:1997ApJS..109..139T. doi:10.1086/312975. 
  3. ^ "Snickers". Astroprof's Page. 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Peanuts in the Sky". Time. 1975-11-24. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 

Coordinates: Sky map 06h 27m 00s, +15° 00′ 00″