Dusty filaments in NGC 4696

This picture, taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), shows NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster.

The new images taken with Hubble show the dusty filaments surrounding the centre of this huge galaxy in greater detail than ever before. These filaments loop and curl inwards in an intriguing spiral shape, swirling around the supermassive black hole at such a distance that they are dragged into and eventually consumed by the black hole itself.

Credit:

NASA, ESA/Hubble, A. Fabian

About the Image

Id:heic1621a
Type:Observation
Release date:1 December 2016, 16:00
Related releases:heic1621
Size:1500 x 1200 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4696
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Distance:150 million light years
Constellation:Centaurus
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 48 49.26
Position (Dec):-41° 18' 43.43"
Field of view:1.32 x 1.06 arcminutes
Orientation:North is -0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
467 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
H-alpha
665 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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