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October 4, 2001 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2001-33

Peering into the Core of a Globular Cluster

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object
Object Name: Omega Centauri • NGC 5139
Object Description: Core of Globular Cluster
Position (J2000): R.A. 13h 26m 45.89s
Dec. -47° 28' 36.7"
Constellation: Centaurus
Distance: About 5.2 kpc (17,000 light-years)
Dimensions: The image is 2.7 arcminutes (roughly 13 light-years) along the vertical. The entire cluster has a diameter of 450 light-years.
About the Data
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: June 11, 1997
Exposure Time: 3 hours

F336W (U), F656N (H-alpha), F675W (R)

Principal Astronomers: A. Cool (SFSU), J. Carson (UCLA), J. Carlin and D. Haggard (SFSU), C. Bailyn (Yale), J. Grindlay (Harvard/CfA)

About this Image
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: October 4, 2001 9:00 a.m.(EDT)
Orientation: Peering into the Core of  Globular Cluster Omega Centauri