Rosette Nebula Blooms In Amazing Stargazer Photo
Astrophotographer Reinhold Wittich captured this image of Rosette Nebula from his backyard observatory in Geisling, Germany using a 12" f/4 Newton telescope. The image took 1080 minutes of total exposure time in February 2011 and was released to SPACE.com April 2013.
Credit: Reinhold Wittich / www.wittich.com

The Rosette Nebula decorates the night sky in this beautiful image.

Astrophotographer Reinhold Wittich took this photo from his backyard observatory in Geisling, Germany using a 12" f/4 Newton telescope. The image took 1080 minutes of total exposure time in February 2011 and was released to SPACE.com April 2013.

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Also known as Caldwell 49, the Rosette Nebula is located near one end of the giant Monoceros cloud in the Milky Way. Resembling a rose flower, the nebula is 5,200 light-years away. The bright-red regions in the image show a steller nursery with many hot, young stars. Stellar winds from the nebula’s stars created the central cavity which is about 50 light-years across.

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