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.

Kredit:

ESO

O snímku

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Typ:Pozorování
Datum zveřejnění:19. srpna 2009
Související články:eso0929
Velikost:2946 x 2944 px

O objektu

Jméno:RCW 38
Typ:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Vzdálenost:5500 světelné roky
Constellation:Vela
Kategorie:Star Clusters

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Souřadnice

Position (RA):8 59 7.92
Position (Dec):-47° 31' 45.78"
Field of view:11.68 x 11.67 arcminutes
Orientace:Sever je 1.6° pravá od svislé osy

Barvy & filtry

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

 

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