Omega Centauri, NGC 5139
The brightest and largest globular cluster in the Milky Way, containing as many as 10 million stars
The globular cluster is found in the constellation Centaurus, in the Southern Hemisphere.
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The portion of the globular cluster imaged is 6.3 light-years across.
"Fast Facts: Omega Centauri Globular Cluster" is a table that lists the name, location, size, and distance of the globular cluster from Earth. An image of the cluster is included.
Use this resource as:
A source of information. Read the table to find out about this object.
A mapping activity. Locate the cluster's associated constellation on a star map.
A large-number recognition activity. Have students look at several Fast Fact tables, including this one. Ask them to place the objects described in the Fast Fact tables in order, starting with the object closest to Earth and ending with the one farthest away.
An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered about the image and the information in the Fast Facts table.
An engagement tool. Involve students in a discussion.