Centaurus A Nucleus

Hubble's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer was used to peer past the dust to discover a tilted disk of hot gas at the galaxy's center (white bar running diagonally across image center). This 130 light-year diameter disk encircles a suspected black hole which may be one billion times the mass of our Sun. The disk feeds material to presumably an inner, unresolved accretion disk that is made up of gas entrapped by the black hole. The red blobs near the disk are glowing gas clouds which have been heated up and ionized by the powerful radiation from the active nucleus.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9814f
Type:Observation
Release date:14 May 1998, 06:00
Size:256 x 256 px

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A, IRAS 13225-4245, NGC 5128
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:11 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Near-IR
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
Near-IR
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
Near-IR
2.2 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

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