Globular cluster omega Centauri
Date: 02 April 2008
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: NGC 5139, omega Centauri
Copyright: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Acknowlegement: A. Cool (San Francisco State Univ.) and J. Anderson (STScI)
A new discovery has resolved some of the mystery surrounding omega Centauri (NGC 5139), 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.
Last Update: 1 September 2019