The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

— Anaxagoras 428 BC

cluster

Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula AKA NGC numbers: 2237, 2238, 2239, and 2246. Within the nebula, open star cluster NGC 2244

NGC2237 & NGC2244

NGC2237 & NGC2244

Two hour exposure h-alpha filter

M13

M13

Taken with newly purchased Astro-tech 6" Ritchey Cretien Thursdy 25th June.
Messier described it as "a nebula which I am sure contains no star". Sir William Herschel used his great reflector and disclosed its true nature as "a most beautiful cluster of stars exceedingly compressed in the middle and very rich".