Rosette Nebula and telescope

Rosette Nebula and telescope

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Credit: BABAK TAFRESHI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237- 2239) above the William Herschel Telescope (WHT), La Palma, Canary Islands. About 2600 light years away, the Rosette Nebula is a giant cloud of dust and hydrogen some 100 light years across. It is ionised and lit up by the open cluster of young, hot stars (NGC 2244) at its centre. The William Herschel telescope stands at an altitude of about 2300 metres. It was commissioned in 1987 and is run by the Royal Greenwich Observatory as part of the Isaac Newton Group (ING) of telescopes.

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