Centaurus A – Field 2 (Halo)

Colour composites of "Field 2" in the halo of the peculiar galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128), based on exposures through three near-infrared filters (the J-, H- and K-bands at wavelengths 1.2, 1.6 and 2.2 µm, respectively) with the ISAAC multi-mode instrument at the 8.2-m VLT ANTU telescope at the ESO Paranal observatory. This ISAAC image is one of the two deepest near-infrared images ever obtained in this galaxy and shows thousands of its stars of different colours. In the present colour-coding, the redder an image, the cooler is the star. The original pixel size is 0.15 arcsec and both fields measure 2.5 x 2.5 arcmin 2. North is up and East is left.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0315f
Type:Observation
Release date:10 June 2003
Related releases:eso0315
Size:800 x 767 px

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy
• X - Galaxies
Distance:13 million light years
Constellation:Centaurus

Image Formats

Fullsize Original
879.8 KB
Large JPEG
699.4 KB
Screensize JPEG
723.5 KB

Wallpapers

1024x768
741.2 KB
1280x1024
1021.1 KB
1600x1200
1.3 MB
1920x1200
1.3 MB
2048x1536
1.7 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):13 25 23.81
Position (Dec):-43° 10' 3.78"
Field of view:2.18 x 2.09 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.2 μmVery Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
H
1.6 μmVery Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
K
2.2 μmVery Large Telescope
ISAAC

 

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