Omega Centauri Above GranTeCan

By: Juan Carlos Casado

 

Region: Europe

Site: La Palma - Spain

Date: June 2015

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An interesting part of the constellation Centaurus appears in this telephoto view from the top of La Palma, Canary Islands, home to one of the world's premiere astronomical observatories. In the foreground is the GTC or the GranTeCan telescope, currently the world's largest optical-infrared single-aperture telescope (10.40 m aperture). Click the constellation icon above the image to see 100% crops of remarkable deep sky objects in the view including the Omega Centauri cluster in the center, the largest globular cluster in the Milky Way, home to several million stars. From the southern hemisphere or the lower northern hemisphere latitudes such as the Canaries the cluster is easily visible to unaided eyes like a single star. Juan Carlos Casado, Starryearth.com

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