On your view screen now is the Globular Cluster Omega Centauri. This cluster of approximately 2 million stars and is located about 16,000 light years from Earth.
The cluster is held together by gravity and is in orbit about the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy. The cluster is visible as the 24th brightest star in the constellation of Centaurs. (The brightest stars in any constellation are given the Greek Letters in order of brightness.) Though the stars look crowded together they are still separated by large distances and will rarely collide. The stars that make up Globular Clusters are the oldest in the Universe.
This image was taken with a Nikon D300 attached to a 6" f7 telescope on an Equatorial Mount. The effective focal length is 1066mm. This image is made from 3 × 5 minute exposures combined in CS2.
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