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.
"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.