Fletcher Photos - Rosette Nebula
"The Rosette Nebula"

Tri-color on Technical Pan film - 8" f/4.5 Newtonian telescope

photo by Bill and Sally Fletcher

The Rosette Nebula is a magnificent and huge nebula in the constellation Monoceros surrounding the galactic star cluster NGC 2244. It spans about 100 light years and lies some 5000 light years away from us.

The cluster of young stars at its center have recently formed (in the last 4 million years) and cause the nebula to shine by exciting its atoms to emit radiation. The "wreath-like" appearance makes it one of the prettiest nebula in the night sky.

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