Emission Nebula RCW 40 in the constellation Vela

RCW 40 is a relatively bright and small star-forming region in the constellation Vela. The central multiple star CD -48 4352 is the main source for the ionization of the hydrogen gas.

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Optics: Planewave CDK 12.5 with Televue 0.8x reducer
Aperture: 318 mm
Focal Length: 2030 mm
Camera: Alccd12
Exposure: 10 x 600 s
Location: Chamaeleon Observatory, Onjala Lodge, Namibia
Processing: PixInsight, Photoshop
Diameter:25 light years
Distance:9,000 light years
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