Celestial Art

New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope show the star cluster RCW 38 in all its glory. This image was taken during testing of the HAWK-I camera with the GRAAL adaptive optics system. It shows the cluster and its surrounding clouds of brightly glowing gas in exquisite detail, with dark tendrils of dust threading through the bright core of this young gathering of stars.

Credit:

ESO/K. Muzic

About the Image

Id:eso1823a
Type:Observation
Release date:11 July 2018, 12:00
Related releases:eso1823
Size:4455 x 4494 px

About the Object

Name:RCW 38
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Constellation:Vela
Category:Nebulae
Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):8 58 56.87
Position (Dec):-47° 31' 57.98"
Field of view:7.92 x 7.99 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.8° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.258 μmVery Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Infrared
H
1.62 μmVery Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Infrared
Ks
2.146 μmVery Large Telescope
HAWK-I

 

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