Fast Facts: Omega Centauri

Fast Facts: Omega Centauri
Name Omega Centauri, NGC 5139
Description The brightest and largest globular cluster in the Milky Way, containing as many as 10 million stars
Location The globular cluster is found in the constellation Centaurus, in the Southern Hemisphere.
Distance
from Earth
16,000 light-years
Size The portion of the globular cluster imaged is 6.3 light-years across.
Stars in the center of a globular cluster
A panoramic view of a colorful assortment of 100,000 stars in the core of the giant star cluster, Omega Centauri.

Fast Facts: Omega Centauri