The Unicorn's Rose
This is an infrared image of the Rosette nebula, located inside the constellation Monoceros, also called the Unicorn. A nebula is a cloud of gas and dust that is found in space. Many nebulae are like cocoons where stars start to form. The Rosette nebula is a huge star-forming cloud that is in our Milky Way galaxy.
The instruments on the WISE spacecraft detect infrared light, or heat. The colors in this image are not how the nebula really looks. The colors represent different wavelengths of infrared light coming from the nebula.
The Rosette nebula is too faint to see with the unaided eye but it is visible through a small telescope or good pair of binoculars.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA
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