Centaurus A – Field 1 (Shell)

Colour composite of "Field 1" (around the jet) in 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 show 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:eso0315e
Type:Observation
Release date:10 June 2003
Related releases:eso0315
Size:800 x 767 px

About the Object

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

Image Formats

Fullsize Original
964.9 KB
Large JPEG
778.3 KB
Screensize JPEG
827.9 KB

Wallpapers

1024x768
831.9 KB
1280x1024
1.1 MB
1600x1200
1.4 MB
1920x1200
1.4 MB
2048x1536
1.9 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):13 26 23.20
Position (Dec):-42° 52' 2.85"
Field of view:2.16 x 2.07 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right 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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