Centaurus A Nucleus

A close-up high resolution Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 image of the dramatic dust disk which is thought to be the remnant of a smaller spiral galaxy that merged with the large elliptical galaxy. The shock of the collision compressed interstellar gas, precipitating a flurry of star formation and giving the material a fleecy pattern. Dark filaments of dust mixed with cold hydrogen gas are silhouetted against the incandescent yellow-orange glow from stars behind it.

Credit:

E.J. Schreier, (STScI) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9814e
Type:Observation
Release date:14 May 1998, 06:00
Size:768 x 804 px

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A, NGC 5128
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:11 million light years
Constellation:Centaurus

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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