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The Details
Object
NGC 5139 - Omega Centauri
Optics
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass f/8
Platform
Astro-Physics 1600 Mount with absolute encoders
Camera
FLI 16803 Proline CCD
Filters
Tru-Balance LRGB filter set
Date
14 February 2016
Location
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Exposure
L 8 ea x 300 sec 1x1 bin; RGB 6 ea x 300 sec 1x1 bin
Software
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, , CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Field of view: 52' x 52' centered on RA 13h26m48s
DEC-47°28'50" (2000). North angle 359.4°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
Omega Centauri is the largest and most massive globular cluster in the Milky Way Galaxy, containing up to 10 million stars. It spans about 150 light years across and is located at a distance of nearly 15,000 light years from Earth. Recent studies suggest a 40,000 solar mass black hole at its center, with astronomers suspecting this globular cluster is actually an imposter, its true nature being a dwarf galaxy that has been torn apart by the larger Milky Way.

This image is the result of a collaborative effort between Howard Hedlund of Astro-Physics, Inc. and Dave Jurasevich.

 

 

 

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