OPEN CLUSTER NGC2264

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This is one of the most famous and exciting areas of the night sky. NGC 2264 is an open cluster of stars and is located in the constellation Monoceros. The apparent magnitude is 3.9, and this area is estimated to be 2,700 light-years from Earth. NGC 2264 is a very large region. Therefore, you need a little magnification to see the whole region. The area is full of nebulae and lots of interesting objects. The photo you see shows only one part of NGC 2264. In addition, a fascinating region.

Clouds of gas and dust

The turbulent area contains gas and dust. Atomic hydrogen is needed to create stars in space. Therefore, this is a turbulent area. Together with helium and hydrogen, clouds of gas and dust give birth to new bright stars. All of these color combinations and dense clouds of dust make for a fascinating viewing area. In the photo you can see many beautiful and newborn stars. Photo: Eric Recurt – Roberto Colombari

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