A National Air and Space Museum astronomer picks some of his favorite images from the storied telescope.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, May 22, 2009
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScl/AURA)
Globular Cluster, Omega Centauri, NGC 5139 (2008)
“I once saw a cluster very much like Omega Centauri—although in the Hercules Constellation—through a very large telescope,” says DeVorkin. “It was just about three-dimensional, like diving into an endless sea of stars. The density of the bright stars in these clusters is much greater than it is in our stellar neighborhood. Yet there’s no gas, very little gas, so there’s very little that impedes the starlight. This [photograph depicts] just the center of the cluster”