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Nebula around star cluster RCW 38

The wider region surrounding the star cluster RCW 38, located about 5,500 light years away in the direction of the constellation Vela (the Sails). RCW 38 is an "embedded" cluster, in that the nascent cloud of dust and gas still envelops its stars. There, young, titanic stars bombard fledgling suns and planets with powerful winds and large amount of light, helped in their devastating task by short- lived, massive stars that explode as supernovae. In some cases, this energetic onslaught cooks away the matter that may eventually form new planetary systems. Scientists think that our own Solar System emerged from such a dramatic environment.

This image was obtained with the Wide Field Imager instrument on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla, using data collected through four filters (B, V, R and H-alpha). The field of view is 30 arcminutes.

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About the Image

Id:eso0929c
Type:Observation
Release date:19 August 2009
Related releases:eso0929
Size:8426 x 8332 px

About the Object

Name:RCW 38
Type:• Solar System : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• Milky Way : Nebula
• X - Nebulae
• X - Star Clusters
Distance:5500 light years
Constellation:Vela

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Coordinates

Position (RA):8 59 47.23
Position (Dec):-47° 31' 57.27"
Field of view:33.43 x 33.05 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
Pseudogreen (B+R)
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

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