The Globular Cluster NGC 3201

Colour-composite image of the globular cluster NGC 3201, obtained with the WFI instrument on the ESO/MPG 2.2-m telescope at La Silla. Globular clusters are large aggregates of stars, that can contain up to millions of stars. They are among the oldest objects observed in the Universe and were presumably formed at about the same time as the Milky Way Galaxy, in the early phase after the Big Bang. This particular globular cluster is located about 16 000 light-years away towards the Southern Vela constellation. The data were obtained as part of the ESO Imaging Survey (EIS), a public survey being carried out by ESO and member states, in preparation for the VLT First Light.

The original image and astronomical data can be retrieved from the EIS Pre-Flames Survey Data Release pages, where many other nice images are also available. 

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:ngc3201
Type:Observation
Release date:8 February 2010, 11:31
Size:2014 x 1618 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3201
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
• X - Star Clusters
Distance:15000 light years
Constellation:Vela

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 17 36.86
Position (Dec):-46° 24' 45.31"
Field of view:15.96 x 12.82 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrared
I
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

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