A deep look at the strange galaxy Centaurus A

The peculiar galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) is pictured in this image taken with the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. With a total exposure time of more than 50 hours this is probably the deepest view of this peculiar and spectacular object every created.

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About the Image

Id:eso1221a
Type:Observation
Release date:16 May 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1221
Size:8547 x 8358 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5128
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN
• X - Galaxies
Distance:12 million light years
Constellation:Centaurus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 25 27.70
Position (Dec):-43° 1' 9.55"
Field of view:33.87 x 33.12 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
456 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
540 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
652 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
659 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
OIII
502 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

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