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moncler sale We’re talking about Omega Centauri in the constellation Centaurus. At a declination of 47 degrees south, it clears 5 degrees above the horizon as seen from around 37 degrees north, which corresponds to the latitudes of Richmond Virginia, cheap moncler outlet Wichita Kansas and Sacramento, California in the United States and Seville Spain, Adana Turkey and Seoul South Korea worldwide. moncler sale

moncler jacket sale Omega Centauri as imaged from near Oracle, Arizona at latitude 32 degrees 30 north. Credit: Mike Weasner/Cassiopeia observatory. It was erroneously misidentified as a star over the centuries, hence the “Omega” designation. It was also too low in the southern sky to be included Charles Messier’s Paris based catalog of deep sky objects, though it would’ve cheap moncler jackets easily have made the cut had it been located farther north. Omega Centauri was first described by Edmond Halley in 1677 buy moncler jackets and made cheap moncler coats its catalog debut in 1746 when astronomer Jean Philippe de Cheseaux listed it along with 21 other southern sky nebulae. moncler jacket sale

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moncler outlet jackets Now for the wow factor of what you’re seeing. The largest of the 150 odd known globular clusters associated with our Milky Way Galaxy, Omega Centauri is almost 16,000 light years distant and weighs in at an estimated 4 million solar masses. Globular clusters are ancient structures and Omega Centauri cheap moncler contains millions of Population II stars dating from an age of about 12 billion years ago. The density at the core of the cluster is equal to a star per every 1/10th of a light year apart, and any planets orbiting said stars would host truly dazzling skies. moncler outlet jackets

moncler outlet sale The bright star Spica (Alpha Virginis) in the constellation of Virgo the Virgin makes a good guide to find Omega Centauri from the northern hemisphere, as both have nearly the same right ascension to within 10 arc minutes of each other. Both currently transit the southern meridian at around 11:00 AM local in late May, and Omega Centauri lies just 35 degrees about 3 hand widths held at arm’s length south of Spica. moncler outlet sale

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moncler sale outlet Finally, there’s another southern hemisphere treat peeking just Moncler Outlet above the southern horizon on late May and June evenings look about 13 degrees to the lower right of Omega Centauri at around 10:30 PM local in late May, and you might just spy Gacrux (Gamma Crucis), the +1.6 magnitude star that makes up the “head” of the constellation Crux, the Southern Cross. This tough to spot target just tops out at 5 degrees above the southern horizon from here in Tampa Bay, Florida, beckoning northern hemisphere observers on these sultry May and June evenings to the jewels that lie just beyond the horizon to the south. moncler sale outlet

moncler outlet I have frequently seen (and photographed) Omega Centaurus (NGC5139) from SW Florida (Fort Myers/Lee County). moncler outlet

cheap moncler coats In Lehigh Acres, FL, there are many streets that run for miles straight N/S. If the skies are very clear, it is easy to see ACRUX just above the horizon to the south as it transits the meridian. Spring is the best time during the Season cheap moncler coats

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moncler outlet online Wish I moncler sale outlet could see NGC104 from here but alas will have to live with my memories of viewing 47Tuc and the Magellanic Clouds from Chile on several trips and Australia on several trips. The splendor of the Milky Way is incredible from the Southern Hemisphere. moncler outlet online

cheap moncler jackets Re observing Omega Centauri from Canada. A 2001 article from the Journal of the RASC describes an observation of the globular cluster from Point Pelee National Park (lat 41d 58m N) near Kingsville, Ontario. The article also mentions a more northerly sighting the bluffs of Lake Erie, southeast of London [Ontario] This is 43 degrees N latitude! (For some reason I can get the link to adsabs to work. Views from my current site(s) in central Florida are decidedly better cheap moncler jackets.

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