In Full Bloom: Astrophotographer Snaps Stunning Rosette Nebula Photo

Rosette Nebula by Miguel Claro
Astrophotographer Miguel Claro took this image from the Dark Sky Reserve located in Portugal. (Image credit: Miguel Claro)

April flowers shine in space in this stunning image of the Rosette Nebula. 

Astrophotographer Miguel Claro took this image from the Dark Sky Reserve located in Portugal. 

The Rosette Nebula is so named because its clouds of gas and dusts resemble the petals of a rose. The nebula is about 5,000 light years away at the edge of the molecular cloud Monoceros, or the Unicorn constellation. The nebula is a region of the Milky Way filled with glowing gas and a central cluster of hot, young stars that are only a few million years old. [50 Fabulous Deep-Space Nebulas (Gallery)]

Claro says he took some extra time to process the image.

"I have carefully processed the core of the nebula and stars, because in that cavity, we have a lot of details and different colors besides the reddish tone from H-alfa that we normally see," Claro wrote in an email to  

His photo settings included a Taka FSQ-106ED + Extender-Q 1.6x with an  EM200 auto-guider Nikon D810A  at ISO2500  and an exposure of 300 seconds x 26 lights.  

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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for She began writing and producing content for in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.