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Omega Cen and Cen group galaxies

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About this observation
Observer
Nick James
Time of observation
17/05/2018 - 21:52
Object
Omega Cen
Observing location
La Palma
Equipment
Sony A7s, Megrez 72
Exposure
26x30s
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A widefield view of the largest globular in the sky includes quite a few faint galaxies including the very strange object ESO270-017 (labelled on the full sized image) which is thought to be a fragment of the nearby dwarf elliptical NGC5237 caused by a close encounter with Centaurus A (NGC5128) about 500 million years ago. NGC5128 is just off the top of this frame.

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djswan2002's picture

This reminds me why I got into astronomy in the first place.

nickjames's picture

Thanks. Omega Cen is a fantastic object but the fact that you can image the consequences of a galaxy collision 500 million years ago using a 72mm refractor is pretty amazing.

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