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Cartoons & Pictures-Feb. 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

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Rosette Nebula

Known formally as NGC 2237, the petals of the Rosette Nebula are actually what astronomers refer to as a “stellar nursery,” a massive, energy-rich molecular cloud brimming with nascent celestial bodies. The nebula owes its symmetric shape to the winds and radiation that emanate from its central cluster of young stars — many of which are only a few million years old.

It’s colossal (about 130 light years in diameter), it’s crimson (when imaged with red-sensitive photographic plates), and it’s one of the most famous clouds of cosmic dust to ever resemble a flower (at least among astronomers).



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