Galaxy Centaurus A: One of the most interesting irregular galaxies, about 10-15 million light years away, and also one of the most intense radio sources in the sky. The huge dust bands in this relatively old elliptical galaxy indicate that most likely it collided and merged with a spiral galaxy. A tremendous black hole in the center swallows huge amounts of matter, thus creating the intense radiation.

For more clues what is going on in this very unusual galaxy see this image from different spectral sources and a Hubble mosaic of the central part.

For an image with a 20" telescope click here.

Object Galaxy Centaurus A
Category Galaxies
Designation NGC 5128
Constellation Centaurus
Optics Meade LX 200 GPS 10 inch f/10 x 0.65 Lumicon Giant Easy Guider
Mount LX 200 and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera Hutech modified Canon EOS 30D
Exposure 18 x ISO 1600-5min, LPS filter
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro and TMB 80 as Guide Scope, Guiding Software PHD
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 19, 27 March 2007
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