Optical photograph of the Milky Way

Optical photograph of the Milky Way

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Credit: BARNEY MAGRATH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Optical photograph of part of the Milky Way in the constellation of the Southern Cross, showing the dark Coalsack nebula at centre. The coalsack is a region of dark dust which absorbs the light of the stars beyond. The small, bright, fuzzy object at upper left is Omega Centauri (NGC 5139), a massive globular cluster some 620 light years across.

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Keywords: astronomy, coal sack, cosmology, galactic centre, galaxy, globular star cluste, milky way, ngc 5139, omega centauri, science, southern cross

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