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    • Jason Lewis

      An uncommon view of the Rosette Nebula, revealing the rose's Valentine's Day-approved long stem. Located within the constellation Monoceros, the Rosette (NGC 2237) is about 5,000 light years away from Earth. At the center of the rose blossom is an energetic star cluster designated NGC 2244.

    • Kimberly Arcand

      The Rosette Nebula is a cosmic cloud of gas and dust. This view shows a long stem of glowing hydrogen gas. At the edge of a large molecular cloud, the petals of this rose are actually a stellar nursery whose symmetrical shape is sculpted by winds and radiation from its central cluster of hot young stars. The stars in the energetic group are only a few million years old, and the central cavity in the nebula is about 50 light-years in diameter. Credit: Adam Block and Tim Puckett.

    • Muir Murdoch

      The Final Frontier!

    • Mona Evans

      Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237). (Image: Adam Block & Tim Puckett) The red color is hydrogen gas energized by a hot star - it's an emission nebula. The “stem” is formed by a trail of the same glowing hydrogen gas. The nebula is 5000 light years away in the constellation Monoceros. ©Mona Evans, “Mother's Day – an Astronomy Bouquet” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art39554.asp

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