TRAPPIST First Light Image of Omega Centauri

The globular cluster Omega Centauri was one of the targets observed for first light of the TRAPPIST national telescope at La Silla. The cluster contains as many as ten million stars. This image, 20 arcminutes across, shows only the central parts of Omega Centauri. It is made by combining data obtained through three filters (B, V and R).

TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) is devoted to the study of planetary systems through two approaches: the detection and characterisation of planets located outside the Solar System (exoplanets) and the study of comets orbiting around the Sun. The 60-cm national telescope is operated from a control room in Liège, Belgium, 12 000 km away.

Credit:

TRAPPIST/E. Jehin/ESO

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About the Image

Id:eso1023c
Type:Observation
Release date:8 June 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1023
Size:1956 x 1956 px

About the Object

Name:Omega Centauri
Type:• X - Star Clusters
Distance:17000 light years
Constellation:Centaurus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 26 47.34
Position (Dec):-47° 28' 46.91"
Field of view:21.32 x 21.32 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 2.8° left of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
445 nm TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope
Optical
V
551 nm TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope
Optical
R
658 nm TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope

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