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 5.5 kly (1686.3 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).[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.