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The Details
NGC 5139 - Omega Centauri
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass f/8
Astro-Physics 1600 Mount with absolute encoders
FLI 16803 Proline CCD
Tru-Balance LRGB filter set
14 February 2016
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
L 8 ea x 300 sec 1x1 bin; RGB 6 ea x 300 sec 1x1 bin
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, , CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Field of view: 52' x 52' centered on RA 13h26m48s
DEC-47°28'50" (2000). North angle 359.4°; east 90° CCW from north
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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