Star cluster RCW 38

The dense star cluster RCW 38 glistens 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 about 10 arcminutes.

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ESO

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Id:eso0929b
Tipo:Observação
Data de divulgação:19 de Agosto de 2009
Notícias relacionadas:eso0929
Tamanho:2946 x 2944 px

Sobre o objeto

Nome:RCW 38
Tipo:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Distância:5500 anos-luz
Constellation:Vela
Categoria:Star Clusters

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Coordenadas

Position (RA):8 59 7.92
Position (Dec):-47° 31' 45.78"
Field of view:11.68 x 11.67 arcminutes
Orientação:O norte está a 1.6° à direita da vertical

Cores e filtros

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

 

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