VST image of the giant globular cluster Omega Centauri*

The second released VST image may be the best portrait of the globular star cluster Omega Centauri ever made. Omega Centauri, in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), is the largest globular cluster in the sky, but the very wide field of view of VST and its powerful camera OmegaCAM can encompass even the faint outer regions of this spectacular object. This view includes about 300 000 stars. The data were processed using the VST-Tube system developed by A. Grado and collaborators at the INAF-Capodimonte Observatory.

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Credit:

ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM. Acknowledgement: A. Grado/INAF-Capodimonte Observatory

About the Image

Id:eso1119b
Language:en-us
Type:Observation
Release date:8 June 2011, 12:00
Related releases:eso1119
Size:14540 x 14540 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5139, Omega Centauri
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
• X - Star Clusters
Distance:17000 light years
Constellation:Centaurus

Mounted Image

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 26 47.27
Position (Dec):-47° 28' 46.34"
Field of view:50.88 x 50.88 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
G
480 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
R
625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Infrared
I
770 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM

 

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