View Full Version : Astrophoto: Omega Centauri by Bernd Flach-Wilken and Volker Wendel

2006-May-08, 10:02 PM
SUMMARY: For thousands of years, we saw ourselves as the focal point of the Universe and the center of all things. Then, in the early 16th century, Copernicus revealed that this was not the case; humanity's home was a huge globe spinning once every 24 hours circling the distant Sun on an annual basis. Over the next 400 years, this idea begrudgingly gained acceptance. But it was not until early in the last century, when Harlow Shapley measured the distance to several globular clusters like the one in this picture, that humanity next understood we were located far from the Milky Way's center, then believed to be the center of the Universe, and therefore even less special in the grand scheme of things.

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