Globular Cluster or Dwarf Galaxy?

Omega Centauri was thought, until recently, to be just another globular cluster (one of hundreds orbiting the Milky Way). New studies using Hubble and Gemini South have found an intermediate mass black hole in its core. This could bump Omega Centauri’s classification from a standard globular cluster to a full blown dwarf galaxy.

Universe Today notes that this discovery could…

[Give] astronomers the best idea yet as to where supermassive black holes come from. Omega Centauri might hold one of the most profound secrets as to how the largest objects in the observable universe are born

Via: Universe Today

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