The Rosette Nebula

Monoceros is a relatively faint constellation, containing only a few fourth magnitude stars, but it is nevertheless home to several notable stars and The Rosette Nebula

The cluster of stars are visible with binoculars and quite  well seen in small telescopes while the nebula itself is more difficult to spot visually and requires a telescope with a low magnification. A dark site is a must to see it. Photographically  the Rosette Nebula is easier to record and it is the only way to record the red colour which is not seen visually. Monocerotis is a white supergiant star belonging to the stellar class A0Ib. It has a visual magnitude of 4.47 and is approximately 1,509 light years distant from Earth. It is about 10,800 times more luminous than the Sun, has a radius 37 times solar, and a mass about 9 times that of the Sun. Like Epsilon Monocerotis, the star serves as a gateway to the The Rosette Nebula
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