2021年06月03日

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Millions of Stars in Omega Centauri
Image Credit & Copyright:
Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

Explanation: Globular star cluster Omega Centauri, also known as NGC 5139, is some 15,000 light-years away. The cluster is packed with about 10 million stars much older than the Sun within a volume about 150 light-years in diameter. It’s the largest and brightest of 200 or so known globular clusters that roam the halo of our Milky Way galaxy. Though most star clusters consist of stars with the same age and composition, the enigmatic Omega Cen exhibits the presence of different stellar populations with a spread of ages and chemical abundances. In fact, Omega Cen may be the remnant core of a small galaxy merging with the Milky Way. Omega Centauri’s red giant stars (with a yellowish hue) are easy to pick out in this sharp, color telescopic view.

Tomorrow’s picture: moon monsters


奥米茄星团
影像提供与版权:
Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

说明: 人马座球形的奥米茄星团,又名为NGC 5139,离我们约有15,000光年远。在这个星团里,约1千万颗远比太阳年老的恒星,挤在宽约150光年的体积之内。在我们银河系银晕内漫游的200多个球状星团之中,它是最大与最明亮的一个。虽然在大多数的星团里,成员星的年龄和化学组成皆很接近,然而谜样的奥米茄星团却有不同分群的恒星,各自拥有不同的年龄和化学组成。因此,奥米茄星团可能是一个小星系被我们的银河并吞后,孑遗下来的星系核。在这幅清晰的彩色望远镜影像里,奥米茄星团泛黄的红巨星轻易可辨。

明日的图片: moon monsters

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