VLA and optical

The elliptical galaxy Centaurus A, also known as NGC 5128, is well known for its dramatic dusty lanes of dark material and its central supermassive black hole, which ejects material with a relativistic speed from the nucelus of the galaxy.

This image shows, that these jets are not only visible in the optical, but also emmit in radio wavelengths. By taking radio observations of the jets separated by a decade, astronomers have determined that the inner parts of the jets are moving at about one half of the speed of light.



About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:14 May 1998, 06:00
Size:600 x 594 px

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A, IRAS 13225-4245, NGC 5128
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Quasars and Black Holes

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