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Rosette Nebula

Taken by: Bob Finnigan and Lee Green
Date: 2/3/2011
Exposure: 60-20-20-20 minute HaRGB

The Rosette Nebula is a faint cloud of gas where stars are forming. The central stars are already blowing away the center of the cloud, delicately sculpting the central void. It's 4 times larger than the Moon, so it requires a wide field to acquire the image.