Just in time for the holidays! East of Orion lies a heavenly garden with extraordinary wonders andorned in cosmic lights. In this wide field mosaic by David Lindemann we are treated to an incredibly detailed view of the Rosette and Cone Nebula. Both are found in the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros) and can be viewed through a small telescope on dark winter and early spring nights.
Carl Sagan famously once said "The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we've learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting."
"A rose by an other name would smell as sweet" from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1600.
The delicate petals of this cosmic rose cradle newborn suns in her stellar nursery. The Rosette Nebula, also known as NGC 2237 is a young star forming complex in the constellation of Monoceros (The Unicorn). This blossoming flower stretches about 130 light years across and is 5,000 light years from Earth.
This incredibly beautiful and colorful photo was taken and processed by David Lindemann from his telescope at his home in the Swiss Alps. He has an amazing talent for capturing extraordinary images of the cosmos.
Thank you so much for being a part of the NEW Stellar Eyes website, David!
See more of David's breathtaking nebula photos in our Photo Gallery.
I am a software engineer living in Switzerland with my wife Sylviane and two children Lénoard and Salomé. I am born in Lausanne Switzerland in October 12th 1972.
In October 2000 I founded my own computer engineering service company and today I am still working on it as vice-president.
I started astronomy in October 2004. In fact, my girlfriend who knew my passion for theoretical physics and cosmology gave me for my birthday a small 6 inches Newton telescope. With this telescope I started to learn and to observe the sky.
Quickly I had the wish to make pictures of the sky and I bought a webcam to try to capture Jupiter and Saturn. For my first test, I chose to capture Jupiter. After several hours of installation, I finally took a sequence of pictures in color but a little fuzzy.
End of 2007 we moved to Vérossaz a small village nested at 800 meters at the foot of Swiss Alps. In 2008 I became a member of the staff of the local observatory and I teach astronomy to children and to any people who want to visit our observatory.
I was impressed by the great astrophotographers Robert Gendler and J-P Mestavainio who make gorgeous pictures.
In 2010, I decided to buy a new telescope with a good mount accurate enough for astrophotography.
Since 2010, I capture the deep sky objects with my various lenses, a DSLR modified for astrophotography and a CCD camera.
In October 2012 I bought a famous apochromatic refractor and I continuously learn and evolve my processing methods to continuously increase the quality of my pictures.
Check out David's photos.