Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Giant Globular Cluster Omega Centauri as seen by Hubble

Giant Globular Cluster Omega Centauri as seen by Hubble
Click on the image for full resolution (14.2 MB)

A new discovery has resolved some of the mystery surrounding Omega Centauri, the largest and brightest globular cluster in the sky. Images obtained with the Advanced Camera for Surveys onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and data obtained by the GMOS spectrograph on the Gemini South telescope in Chile show that Omega Centauri appears to harbour an elusive intermediate-mass black hole in its center.
Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Acknowlegement: A. Cool (San Francisco State Univ.) and J. Anderson (STScI)
The full resolution image weighs 14.2 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Omega Centauri is really worth watching in full resolution! The globular cluster is entirely resolved, it's simply fantastic!! Please click on the image, you'll be amazed!! As the full-res image is 14.2 MB, a broadband connection is required! :))

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