"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
NGC 2244 The Rosette Nebula
Right Ascension 6h 33m 45s - Declination +4° 59′ 54″
Imaging Telescope or Lens: Taken with a Primalucelabs AIRY Apo 65F 420mm f/6.5 Astrograph
NGC 2244 The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49) is an emission nebula, a large star forming region located in the constellation Monoceros the Unicorn.
The age of the cluster has been estermated to be less than 5 million years. The brightest star in the cluster is 12 Monocerotis, a for-ground star K-class giant. The two brightest stars in NGC 2244 are 400,000/450,000 times more luminous than the Sun and roughly 50/60 times more massive. The hot stars in the cluster are also responsible for the central hole in the Nebula.
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