NGC2244 Rosette Nebula and Cluster
NGC2244 - Jan. 2021
Televue 127is - AIS6200MM - NB filters
This emission Nebula, and the star cluster at its centre, present a great photographic subject with lots of internal complexities. Different gases, are emitting different light frequencies while other dark portions form giant columns and patterns, almost in relief.
The higher density areas are the likely places for new star formation, with the central cluster containing young, hot stars blowing gases away.
The area in the sky taken up by the Rosette is about 5 times that of the full moon, but is not bright enough to see with the naked eye. It is 5200 light years away, about 130 light years across and contains the equvalent mass of 10,000 suns.
This image interpretation makes use of the Hubble Nb (SHO) palette, but equally stunning versions can be obtained with other combinations of narrow band and bb colour filters.