This is a star cluster in the middle of the Rosette Nebula (NGC2244, 2237, 2238 and 2246). The Nebula is too large to fit into the field of view of the Hyperion, but this detailed view is quite striking. The Rosette is 130 light years across and lies about 5000 light years from our Solar System. Visible above are globules of dark dust and gas that are slowly being eroded away by the energetic light and winds by nearby massive stars. Left alone long enough, the molecular-cloud globules would likely form stars and planets. This image consists of 9 hours of RGB and h-alpha data. The h-alpha was blended into the RGB frames. This image was taken the nights of December 4 through 8, 2010. The image was captured using CCDAutopilot 4.

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