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Nebulae :: RCW38



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         Object RCW38
         Comment RCW38 (aka Gum23) is an emission nebula residing in the constellation Vela. The Vela region is full of very dense star fields and other nebulae, including the famous Vela Supernova Remnant (SNR). The red HII clouds of RCW38 are vigorously active with star formation producing hot young stars. In the presented visible light image, many of these young stars and open star clusters are not visible. At infrared wavelengths the cluster [BDB2003] G267.92-01.06 powering RCW38 can be seen, consisting of approximately 2000 stars of which 31 of these are candidate O or B class stars. RCW38 is estimated as being 5500 light years distant. Source: various research papers

This image is a [Ha+L],[Ha+R]GB composite with OIII clipping mask.
         Optics Modified ASA N16 Astrograph F/3.5 (1420mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Aspen CG16070 - 1x1 bin (image scale: 1.07 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 8.5 hours
         Date April 2016


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