One of the most beautiful cosmic objects is Rosette Nebula. Its formal name is Caldwell 49. At about 5,000 light-years away from us, with a diameter of 130 light-years, and with a mass of 10,000 solar masses, Rosette is among the most massive emission nebulae known.
The giant nebula lives in Monoceros constellation. Monoceros is the Greek word for the unicorn. Rosette Nebula is giving birth to stars. About 2500 young stars were born from the hot dust cloud that fills the nebula. A picture released by NASA reveals bright smudges saying that other stars are on their way to be born – stars that will have ten times the mass of the Sun.
The temperatures of the gas that surrounds the baby stars reach 6 million kelvins so that you can imagine the intensity of the X-ray radiation.
NASA Revealed Rosette Nebula Giving Birth To Stars
Its appearance inspired the name of Rosette Nebula. It looks like a red rose. The red color can’t be seen, but in photographs, it isn’t accessible to the human eye. Another nickname is the Skull, and you might imagine why that is. It’s just like with the usual clouds: it depends on how you look at it.
NGC 2244 is a star cluster in the Rosette Nebula. It was discovered in 1680, long before Rosette was. Rosette tenant’s most bright stars are 400,000 to 450,000 times more luminous than the Sun. Their mass, radiation, and winds make life as we know it to be impossible there.
Not even planets orbiting cooler stars in its vicinity can survive. They are in great danger of becoming dust and gas that will be used by other planets to form. Those two stars’ radiations while blasting gas creates a hole in the center of Rosetta Nebula. The gap that we might perceive as the rose’s gin, or the skull’s right orbit.