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rosette nebula

The Rosette Nebula around 5,000 light years away is prime winter target for imagers, it is a large relatively bright nebula in the constellation of Monoceros.

The central region includes a bright star cluster that is associated with the formation of hot young stars. Intense radiation from massive stars within the central cluster has  eroded the gas in the central region.

Binoculars will show the central cluster of stars, but the Nebula itself will remain elusive optically . Telescope views using wide field low power eyepieces do show fleeting glimpse of this spectacular Nebula, a dark site would be recommended to see the Nebula visually.

Modern CCD photography reveals the Nebula in all its glory


Image sent in by John Mellor