Omega Centauri

Omega Centauri

Released

02/04/2008 4:39 pm

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NASA/ ESA/ STScI/ AURA (The Hubble Heritage Team)

Description

A new discovery has resolved some of the mystery surrounding Omega Centauri, the largest and brightest globular cluster in the sky. Results obtained by Hubble and the Gemini Observatory reveal that the globular cluster may have a rare intermediate-mass black hole hidden in its centre, implying that is likely not a globular cluster at all, but a dwarf galaxy stripped of its outer stars.

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