Star-Forming Region RCW38 in the Milky Way

This image displays a spectacular three-colour composite image of RCW38, obtained through three near-infrared filters. This is a region in the Milky Way at a distance of about 5,000 light years, where stars which have recently formed in clouds of gas and dust are still heavily obscured and cannot be observed in the visible part of the spectrum. Contrarily, as this image shows, they are very well seen at infrared wavelengths where the obscuration is substantially lower. The diffuse radiation is a mixture of starlight scattered by the dust and gas in the area, and atomic and molecular hydrogen line emission.

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About the Image

Id:eso9856b
Type:Observation
Release date:26 November 1998
Related releases:eso9856
Size:2884 x 2775 px

About the Object

Name:RCW 38
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Star Clusters
Distance:5000 light years
Constellation:Vela

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Coordinates

Position (RA):8 59 47.19
Position (Dec):-47° 31' 57.14"
Field of view:2.54 x 2.44 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.5° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.25 μm Very Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
H
1.65 μm Very Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
K
2.16 μm Very Large Telescope
ISAAC

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