RCW 49

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RCW 49
Emission nebula
H II region
Rcw49 spitzer c1.jpg
RCW 49 by the Spitzer Space Telescope
Credit: NASA
Observation data: J2000.0 [1] epoch
Right ascension 10h 24m 14.6s [1]
Declination −57° 46′ 58″ [1]
Distance 13,700 ly
Constellation Carina
Physical characteristics
Radius 350 ly
Designations RCW 49, GUM 29
See also: Lists of nebulae

RCW 49 is a H II region[1] nebula located 13,700 light years away. It is a dusty stellar nursery that contains more than 2,200 stars and is about 350 light years across.

The nebula RCW49, shown in infrared light in this image from the Spitzer Space Telescope, is a nursery for newborn stars. Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found in RCW49 more than 300 newborn or 'protostars,' all with circumstellar disks of dust and gas. The discovery reveals that galaxies make new stars at a much more prolific rate than previously imagined. The stellar disks of dust and gas not only feed material onto the growing new stars, but can be the raw material for new planetary systems.

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  1. ^ a b c d SIMBAD, RCW 49 (accessed 4 April 2012)