Emission Nebula RCW 36 in the constellation Vela

RCW 36 is a very active star forming region with hundreds of newly formed stars inside the nebula. It is part of a much larger star formation complex called the Vela Molecular Ridge.

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Optics: Planewave CDK 12.5 with Televue 0.8x reducer
Aperture: 318 mm
Focal Length: 2030 mm
Camera: Alccd12
Exposure: 19 x 600 s
Location: Chamaeleon Observatory, Onjala Lodge, Namibia
Processing: PixInsight, Photoshop
Diameter:15 light years
Distance:2,900 light years
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