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2009-May-28, 09:46 AM
What would the view from a planet in a globular cluster be like?

2009-May-28, 03:51 PM
Assuming your planet wasn't afflicted with perpetual cloudcover ;) then from the dense globular centre I guess you'd see bright stars in all hemispheres (although most of the nearest stars to Earth are not so bright). From the distance of the halo you'd get a spectacular view of the mother galaxy with more contrast than our looking at our Milky Way as your galaxy would shine in its entirity and not through a foreground of its own components. If you were positioned looking face-on at a spiral mother galaxy it could take up half the sky and block all beyond. In smaller globulars, looking away from the mother galaxy, there would only be your fellow cluster inhabitants to block the view of other globulars and other galaxies.

Interesting thought experiment.:think:

2009-May-28, 04:34 PM
Hi gangwarily, welcome to BAUT. Try pasting that line from your post into the google search box on top of this webpage, and you'll get a list of several threads that in some way deal with this question. Perhaps there are some posts of interest to you in there.