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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Auðkenni:eso0929b
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:19. ágúst 2009
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso0929
Stærð:2946 x 2944 px

Um fyrirbærið

Nafn:RCW 38
Tegund:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Fjarlægð:5500 ljósár
Constellation:Vela
Flokkur:Star Clusters

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Position (RA):8 59 7.92
Position (Dec):-47° 31' 45.78"
Field of view:11.68 x 11.67 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 1.6° højre frá lóðréttu

Litir og síur

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

 

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