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The heart of the Rosette Nebula

The heart of the Rosette Nebula

In the heart of the Rosette Nebula lies a bright open cluster of stars that lights up the nebula. The stars of NGC 2244 formed from the surrounding gas only a few million years ago. The above image captures the central region in detail. A hot wind of particles streams away from the cluster stars and contributes to an already complex menagerie of gas and dust filaments while slowly evacuating the cluster center. The Rosette Nebula's center measures about 50 light-years across, lies about 4,500 light-years away, and is visible with binoculars towards the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros).
Telescope: GSO RC 10
Mount: Astrophysics Mach1 GTO
Camera: QSI 683 Mono
Filters: Astrodon Gen II LRGB
Subexposures: 5min
Total Exposure: 6h
Location: Near Githion Greece

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