The majestic globular Omega Centauri

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 centre.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Acknowlegement: A. Cool (San Francisco State Univ.) and J. Anderson (STScI)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0809a
Type:Observation
Release date:2 April 2008, 15:00
Related releases:heic0809
Size:11936 x 10891 px

About the Object

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

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
Pseudogreen (B+R)
Optical
R
625 nm SDSS

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