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About this Object

Object Name:

Omega Centauri • NGC 5139

Object Description:

Core of Globular Cluster

Position (J2000):

R.A. 13h 26m 45.89s
Dec. -47 28' 36.7"

Constellation:

Centaurus

Distance:

About 5.2 kpc (17,000 light-years)

Dimensions:

The image is 2.7 arcminutes (roughly 13 light-years) along the vertical. The entire cluster has a diameter of 450 light-years.

About the Data

Instrument:

WFPC2

Exposure Dates:

June 11, 1997

Exposure Time:

3 hours

Filters:

F336W (U), F656N (H-alpha), F675W (R)

Principal Astronomers:

A. Cool (SFSU), J. Carson (UCLA), J. Carlin and D. Haggard (SFSU), C. Bailyn (Yale), J. Grindlay (Harvard/CfA)

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

October 4, 2001 9:00 a.m.(EDT)

Orientation/Scale: