RCW 75

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RCW 75
CTIO, Chile

RCW 75, also known as Gum 48A, is a very active HII region fueled by the young star cluster Stock 16 and the OB association of Cent OB1.  Numbers of faint stars found just within the eastern boundaries of RCW 75 are suggested to be low-mass pre-main-sequence stars formed from the interaction of the ionization/shock front from RCW 75 with the adjacent gas and dust complex. Stock 16 and RCW 75 otherwise constitute what appears to be a rather passive star-formation complex.

Colin Gum, working at Australia's Mount Stromlo observatory in 1951, completed the first major survey of HII regions visible in the southern hemisphere. He published his nebula catalog in 1955. Although Gum's catalog was largely superceded by the RCW catalog published in 1960 by Alex Rodgers, Colin Campbell and John Whiteoak under the direction of Bart Bok, many HII regions are still referenced by their Gum numbers even today.

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To see an alternative color processing of a subset of the data, click here.

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
HaR_G_HaB (Ha 390 minutes of 15 minute subexposures, R 130 minutes, G 70 minutes, and B 120 minutes all 10 minute subexposures)
Apogee Alta U47
RCOS Carbon Truss 16 inch f/11.3 Ritchey-Chretien
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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