Giant Rosette Nebula

(ORDO NEWS) — This is a composite image of the Rosette Nebula, located about 5,000 light-years from Earth . This region of ionized hydrogen is famous for rapid star formation.

To create the image used:

  • X-ray data (red) from NASA‘s Chandra Space Observatory;
  • Optical data (purple, orange, green and blue) from the Digital Sky Survey and Kitt Peak National Observatory.

The X-ray data reveals hundreds of young stars clustered in the center of the nebula and more sparse clusters on the sides (outlined in white).

The optical data show vast regions of gas and dust, including giant “pillars” that have been formed by the continuous impact of intense radiation from massive stars on diffused gas.

The image was released to the public on September 8, 2010.

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