VISTA view of the newly discovered open star cluster VVV CL003 beyond the galactic centre

 

This image from VISTA is a tiny part of the VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV) survey that is systematically studying the central parts of the Milky Way in infrared light. At the centre of the picture lies the open star cluster VVV CL003. This newly discovered cluster, which appears as just an inconspicuous concentration of faint stars at the centre of the picture, is the first ever found on the other side of the centre of the Milky Way from the Earth.

Credit:

 

ESO/D. Minniti/VVV Team

About the Image

Id:eso1141c
Type:Observation
Release date:19 October 2011, 12:00
Related releases:eso1141
Size:1759 x 1761 px

About the Object

Name:VVV CL003
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
• X - Star Clusters
Constellation:Ophiuchus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 38 54.50
Position (Dec):-29° 54' 23.98"
Field of view:5.00 x 5.01 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 32.2° right of vertical

 

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