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From the Director:
We are pleased to announce the launch of several new Special Features for our readers and members. For example, we now have a proper Welcome Page which includes such items as Special News Updates, Highlighted Images and other items as needed.
Our Project Image Gallery is also new and features the work of our Resident Astronomers here at the M.R.O.I.T.F.
Our Forum Facility has not changed and is progressing well with very interesting articles and posts by members uploaded daily. Several RSS News and Program resourses are also available within the Forum.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome John Gleason and Tom Davis to the Macedon Ranges Observatory as our newest resident astronomers. John is well known amongst astronomers world wide and is considered one of the finest H Alpha imagers out there. He is widely acknowledged as an accomplished deep sky observer and expert astrophotographer with over 25 years experience. During the past two decades he has produced professional results with a variety of astronomical cameras and instruments readily available to the amateur astronomer. His beautiful "Celestial Images" have been regularly published in magazines such as Sky & Telescope and Astronomy, as well as in commercial advertising and books.
Tom Davis is also well known with a long list of imaging achievements to his name. We look forward to the spectacular work this team will be producing shortly from our facility here in Australia.
Omega Centauri by Don Goldman
M.R.O Resident Astronomers and A.O.R.A.I.A Members regularly produce stunning Imaging Projects that not only contribute to our overall understanding of the Universe, but also highlight the diversity and beauty of the heavens.
Though it is not a star, Omega Centauri was given a Bayer designation. Unlike other globular clusters, it contains several generations of stars. It has been speculated that Omega Centauri may be the core of a dwarf galaxy several hundred times its present size, which was ripped apart and absorbed by our Milky Way galaxy. Omega Centauri's chemistry and motion in the galaxy is also consistent with this picture. According to new results by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Observatory, scientists seem to have found an explanation for peculiarities: a black hole at its centre with about 40,000 solar masses. This would also foster the theory that Omega Centauri is a dwarf galaxy.
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