RCW Catalogue

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RCW Catalogue
Survey typeastronomical catalog Edit this on Wikidata
Targetemission nebula, star-forming region Edit this on Wikidata
Published1960 Edit this on Wikidata

The RCW Catalogue (from Rodgers, Campbell & Whiteoak) is an astronomical catalogue of -emission regions in the southern Milky Way, described in (Rodgers et al. 1960). It contains 182 objects, including many of the earlier Gum catalogue (84 items) objects.

The later Caldwell catalogue included some objects from the RCW catalogue. There is also some overlap with the Sharpless catalogue-2 (312 items), although that primarily covered the northern hemisphere, whereas RCW and Gum primarily covered the southern hemisphere.

The RCW catalogue was compiled by Alexander William Rodgers, Colin T. Campbell and John Bartlett Whiteoak. They catalogued southern nebulae while working under Bart Bok at the Mount Stromlo Observatory in Australia in the 1960s.


RCW Name Images Names & Designations
RCW 11 RCW 11 Sh2-308.jpg Sh2-308, LBN 1052
RCW 34 RCW 34 The star forming cloud RCW 34.jpg Gum 19
RCW 36 RCW 36 RCW 36 in Infrared and X-ray.jpg Gum 20
RCW 38 RCW 38 The Young Stellar Cluster RCW 38 in X-ray.jpg RCW 38
RCW 49 RCW 49 Stellar nursery Gum 29 aka RCW 49.jpg Gum 29
RCW 57 RCW 57 Wide Field Imager view of the star formation region NGC 3582.jpg NGC 3582, The Torchbearer[1]
RCW 75 Stock 16 Gum 48a, Stock 16
RCW 86 RCW 86 ESO-RCW86.jpg RCW 86
RCW 88 RCW 88 Red Cocoon Harbours Young Stars.jpg RCW 88
RCW 106 RCW 106 The sky around the star formation region RCW 106.jpg
RCW 108 RCW 108 RCW 108 xray.jpg Gum 53
RCW 124 NGC 6302 NGC 6302 Hubble 2009.full.jpg Sh2-6, NGC 6302, Bug Nebula,

PK 349+01 1, Butterfly Nebula, RCW 124, Gum 60, Caldwell 69

RCW 127 NGC 6334 NGC 6334.jpg ESO 392-EN 009, Sharpless 8, RCW 127, Gum 64, NGC 6334
RCW 131 NGC 6357 EmissionNebula NGC6357.jpg Sh2-11, NGC 6357, RCW 131, Gum 66, War and Peace Nebula
RCW 146 Lagoon Nebula M8HunterWilson.jpg Sh2 25, RCW 146, Gum 72
RCW 147 Trifid Nebula Trifid.nebula.arp.750pix.jpg Sh2 30, M20, NGC 6514, RCW 147, Gum 76
RCW 160 Omega Nebula ESO-The Omega Nebula-phot-25a-09-fullres.jpg Omega Nebula, M17, NGC 6618, Swan Nebula, Sharpless 45, RCW 160, Gum 81
RCW 165 Eagle Nebula Eagle Nebula from ESO.jpg Sh2-49, Messier 16, NGC 6611, RCW 165, Gum 83
RCW 174 W 40 W40 star-forming region (no arrow).jpg Sh2-64


NGC 3582, part of RCW 57, a large star-forming region in the Milky Way

See also[edit]


  • Rodgers, A. W.; Campbell, C. T.; Whiteoak, J. B. (1960), "A catalogue of Hα-emission regions in the southern Milky Way", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 121 (1): 103–110, Bibcode:1960MNRAS.121..103R, doi:10.1093/mnras/121.1.103, retrieved 2007-01-30

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