Project Rosette

Dear friends of The Lonely Photon,

Today I want to introduce you to one of my latest projects, one I’m particularly fond and proud of. It is a project of cooperation between The Lonely Photon and the Federal University of Technology – Paraná (Brazil), which joined forces to produce a stunning image of the Rosette Nebula (Sh2-275) in Hubble Palette.

Over the course of several nights, Professor Dr. Thiago Gilberto Do Prado and I collected more than 17 hours of data on this iconic nebula, using similar equipment that produced data with the same pixel scale. Having more data on a particular deep sky object is useful to pull out fainter details and to reduce noise.

A project like this is a clear example of how people from different parts of the world can come together, united by the same passion. After all, there is just one world, one people, and most important, one sky!

The Rosette Nebula is a large region of interstellar gas, mostly ionized hydrogen, located approx. 5,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. This is a star-forming region that stretches about 130 light years across, and contains roughly 2,500 young stars, according to latest estimations.

Read more here: Rosette Nebula

This was the first time The Lonely Photon was involved in such a project, and I’m pretty sure there’s more to come so stay tuned!

Clear skies!