The Omega Centauri Globular Cluster

Bathed in Eternal Daylight

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Description

Omega Centauri is the largest and brighter globular cluster in the Milky Way galaxy. Located some 15,800 light years away, Omega Centauri is home to an estimated 7 million stars weighing in at a combined mass of about 4 million suns. The stars are so closely packed together that any planets orbiting these stars would be bathed in constant daylight. Owing to the sheer brightness of this object, I was able to capture it from my home which is located in a light pollution white zone (city centre). From a dark sky site, however, it can easily be seen with the naked eye. Although this is a bright object, it is located far in the southern sky beyond the view of many who live in the northern latitudes. 

Imaging Details

Location: Singapore 
Date(s): 5 May 19
Telescope: APM LZOS 130 at f/4.7
Camera: Atik 16200M, Baader LRGB Filters 
Mount: Losmandy G11/G2 
Exposure: LRGB: 40 min


Image reduction, integration and processing with Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight.