RCW 38

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RCW 38
The Young Stellar Cluster RCW 38 in X-ray.jpg
The RCW 38 cluster seen in the X-ray by Chandra
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Vela
Right ascension 08 59 05.50
Declination -47 30 39.4
Distance 5500 ly[1] (1700 pc)
Physical characteristics
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

RCW 38 is an embedded cluster located about 5,500 light years away in the direction of the constellation Vela (the Sails).[2] 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. ^ Wolk, S. J.; Bourke, T. L.; Vigil, M. (2008). "The Embedded Massive Star Forming Region RCW 38". In Reipurth, B. Handbook of Star Forming Regions, Volume II: The Southern Sky ASP Monograph Publications. 5. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-58381-670-7. 
  2. ^ "RCW 38". ESO.