A cosmic question in NGC 4696

This picture, taken by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, shows NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster.

The huge dust lane, around 30 000 light-years across, that sweeps across the face of the galaxy makes NGC 4696 look different from most other elliptical galaxies. Viewed at certain wavelengths, strange thin filaments of ionised hydrogen are visible within it. In this picture, these structures are visible as a subtle marbling effect across the galaxy’s bright centre.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble and NASA

About the Image

Id:heic1013a
Type:Observation
Release date:12 August 2010, 12:00
Related releases:heic1013
Size:3864 x 1820 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4696
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:120 million light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
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B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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