The largest and the most massive globular cluster in the sky, with at least 10 million stars!
It lies in the constellation of Centaurus that was first identified as a non-stellar object by Edmond Halley in 1677. Located at a distance of 17,090 light-years (5,240 pc) at a diameter of roughly 150 light-years, and a total mass equivalent to 4 MILLION SOLAR MASSES. Its estimated age is about 12 billion years old!
Fun Fact 1: Omega Centauri had been included in Ptolemy’s catalog 2000 years ago as a star.
Fun Fact 2: It is speculated that Omega Centauri may be the remnant core of a dwarf galaxy that was our Milky Way’s satellite.
25×20″ – ISO 800
54×20″ – ISO 2000
Telescope: Sky-Watcher 150mm f/8
Camera: Nikon D5200 DSLR (no mod)
Mount: EQ3-2 w/ OnStep
Software: Pix + Ps
Bortle 4/5 Sky