A Windy, Starry Night
Image Credit: Dean Ketelsen
Over the last couple of observing seasons Dean Ketelsen has been working on a time lapse of the great globular cluster Omega Centauri rising over the 2.1 meter telescope on Kitt Peak. The result is shown here. These images were taken with an 85mm fast Nikon lens during a bright moon phase, where an F/1.8 lens speed made 15 second exposures possible (taken every 20 seconds). As a bonus, besides the cluster, which clears our southern horizon by only about 10 degrees, the bright galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) is visible a few degrees above it. In addition, another sizable galaxy to the west, NGC 4945, can be seen as well. These objects are pointed out in the annotated picture.
Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), part of the National
Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), supports the most diverse
collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime
optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun. Sharing the
with the National Solar Observatory, KPNO, founded in 1958, operates
three major nighttime telescopes and hosts the facilities of consortia
which operate 22 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes.
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District on the Tohono O'odham Nation and has a Visitor Center open daily
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