The Omega Centauri Globular Cluster
Bathed in Eternal Daylight
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.
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.