RCW 38

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RCW 38
ESO-RCW 38.jpg
RCW 38
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Vela
Distance 5.5 kly (1686.3 pc)
Physical characteristics

RCW 38 is an embedded cluster located about 5,500 light years away in the direction of the constellation Vela (the Sails).[1] The cluster is composed of several short lived massive stars. Many of these stars will go on to explode as supernovae.

The wider region surrounding RCW 38.


  1. ^ "RCW 38". ESO.