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Sunday, October 30, 2011

VST image of the Giant Globular Cluster Omega Centauri

VST image of the Giant Globular Cluster Omega Centauri
Click on the image for full resolution (12.9 MB)

This ESO's VST image may be one of the best portraits 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.
The full resolution image weighs 12.9 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM. Acknowledgement: A. Grado/INAF-Capodimonte Observatory

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