Omega Centauri â€” the glittering giant of the southern skies
December 3, 2008
The globular cluster Omega Centauri â€” with as many as ten million stars â€” is seen in all its splendour in this image captured with the WFI camera from ESO's La Silla Observatory. The image shows only the central part of the cluster â€” about the size of the full moon on the sky (half a degree). North is up, East is to the left. This colour image is a composite of B, V and I filtered images. Note that because WFI is equipped with a mosaic detector, there are two small gaps in the image which were filled with lower quality data from the Digitized Sky Survey. Can you find them?
Topics: Stars, Centaurus constellation, Astronomy, ESO's La Silla Observatory, Universe, Omega Centauri, Globular clusters, Alpha Centauri, La Silla Observatory, European Southern Observatory