Millions by Andrew Murrell

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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Comments

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago

    awesome work,

  • Thanks Scott

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Tibby Steedly
    Tibby Steedlyalmost 6 years ago

    Andrew, this is absolutely stunning!!!

  • Thank you Tiddy, this is one of the best views in a telescope.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanalmost 6 years ago

    Amazing stuff! I really enjoy looking at your astronomy pics Andrew!

  • Thank you Mandy, I must admit I’m not sure taking them is my style. I get most of my enjoyment out of showing people things through my telescopes.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Auntymazza
    Auntymazzaalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic Andrew

  • Thank you very much.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 6 years ago

    Wow!! …..another stunning shot, Andrew.

  • Thanks Wendi I appreciate your support and comments.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • scoob29
    scoob29almost 6 years ago

    Very good Andrew.

  • Thanks Susan I’m glade you like it.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 6 years ago

    WoW!! way cool Andrew ~ fabulous image and fantastic information ! thanks for posting both :)

  • Thank you very much, and your welcome

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...almost 6 years ago

    fantastic work, Andrew

  • Thank you very much

    – Andrew Murrell

  • Joseph Rotindo
    Joseph Rotindoalmost 6 years ago

    this is simply extraordinary, to consider the fact that there are millions of suns here…whereas here on earth we focus on the light from a single solitary source…one sun.

    killer image…great work!

  • Thanks Joseph, I find the concept of astronomy amazing.

    – Andrew Murrell

  • JasonSmithPhotogs
    JasonSmithPhotogsalmost 6 years ago

    Insane capture mate, good work.

  • Its an insane thing to look at. Thanks Jason.

    – Andrew Murrell

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