RCW 38 is a dense star cluster about 5500 light years away in the direction of the constellation Vela (the Sails). Like the Orion Nebula Cluster
, RCW 38 is an embedded cluster, in that clouds of dust and gas still envelop its stars.
Inside RCW 38, young stars bombard fledgling suns and planets with powerful winds and blazing light and some short-lived, massive stars explode as supernovae, whick sometimes cooks away the matter that would otherwise form new solar systems.
Did our own solar system form in that sort of hellish environment?