The Rosette Nebula (Sh2 275, and also called Caldwell 49) is a vast emission nebula located about 5,200 light years away. The star forming region lies near a large molecular cloud in the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. It is closely associated with the young open star cluster NGC 2244 (also called the Satellite Cluster) at its center. The hot young stars of the cluster were formed from the nebula’s material in the last 5 million years.
The stars in the Satellite Cluster are responsible for the nebula’s glow. Their radiation ionizes the surrounding clouds of nebulosity, causing them to emit their own light. The nebula glows in the red part of the spectrum because the powerful ultraviolet radiation from the stars strips electrons from the nebula’s hydrogen atoms.
The Rosette Nebula is a very active stellar nursery. The dark filaments of dust extending toward the center of the nebula, sometimes called “elephant trunks,” are shaped by the stellar winds and radiation from hot young stars and electromagnetic forces.
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