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The Details
Object
NGC 5139 - Omega Centauri
Optics
Astro-Physics 130 Refractor at f/6.0
Platform
Astro-Physics Mach 1 Mount
Camera
SBIG ST-10XME
Filters
Tru-Balance LRGB filter set
Date
22 February 2012
Location
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Exposure
L 12 x 100 sec 1x1 bin; R 8 ea x 100 sec 1x1 bin; GB 6 ea x 100 sec, 1x1 bin (Total exposure time 53m20s)
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, , CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Field of view: 57.8' x 38.9' centered on RA 13h26m52s
DEC-47°29'18" (2000). North angle 256.2°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
This image was taken by Mike Long (Mount Wilson Observatory) at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile during his recent visit there in February 2012. Omega Centauri is the largest and most massive globlular 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.

Processing by Dave Jurasevich with permission by Mike Long

 

 

 

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