Rosette Nebula - Caldwell 49

Rosette Nebula - Caldwell 49

Explanation

The Rosette Nebula (Caldwell 49) and Open Cluster NGC 2244 (the grouping of stars in the middle) can be found in the constellation of Monoceros, and is at a distance of about 5,000 light years from Earth, and roughly 130 light years in diameter. The radiation from the young stars excite the atoms of the gas in the nebula, causing them to emit radiation themselves producing the emission nebula (the red colored glow that we see).

Details

Credit: Will Jackson, Kevin Bartee
Date Captured: Wed, 03/23/2011
Exposure: 140 minutes
Telescope: William Optics FluoroStar 110 mm ED Triplet APO f/7