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The Omega Centauri Project
909 Words Omega Centauri

Omega Centauri is visible from the Earth with the naked eye and is a favourite celestial object of stargazers from the southern hemisphere. Although the cluster is 17,000 light-years away, located just above the plane of the Milky Way, it appears almost as large as the full moon when viewed from a dark rural area.

Omega Centauri has been known as an unusual globular cluster for a long time and indeed a number of recent discoveries suggest that it is not a globular cluster at all, but the remnant nucleus of a dwarf galaxy stripped of its outer stars.

A new result obtained by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Observatory reveals another additional peculiarity: a black hole hidden at its centre.