Centaurus A halo annotated

This image shows the stunning elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. Recently, astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to probe the outskirts of this galaxy to learn more about its dim halo of stars.

Two of the areas probed with Hubble are shown here in the red squares, and in more detail in the insets. Other areas were probed even further away, beyond the field of view of this image.

Hubble’s unique capabilities allowed astronomers to analyse the faint stars in the halo.

The galaxy’s halo of stars has been found to reach much further than expected, extending across 4 degrees in the sky — equivalent to eight times the apparent width of the Moon, or almost twice the width of this image.

This image is a composite of images from Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2), the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).

Credit:

Image credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, Digitized Sky Survey, MPG/ESO
Acknowledgement: Davide de Martin

About the Image

Id:heic1415b
Type:Observation
Release date:22 July 2014, 16:00
Related releases:heic1415
Size:7678 x 3982 px

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
R
DSS
Optical
B
DSS
Infrared
I
DSS
Optical
B
456 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
540 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
652 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
659 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
OIII
502 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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