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Dinner for Centaurus A

This image of the central parts of Centaurus A reveals the parallelogram-shaped remains of a smaller galaxy that was gulped down about 200 to 700 million years ago. The image is based on data collected with the SOFI instrument on ESO’s New Technology Telescope at La Silla. The original image, obtained by observing in the near-infrared through three different filters (J, H and K) was specially processed to look through the dust, providing a clear view of the centre. The field of view is about 4 x 4 arcminutes.

Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

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About the Image

Id:eso0944a
Type:Observation
Release date:20 November 2009
Related releases:eso0944
Size:849 x 849 px

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A, NGC 5128
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Galaxies
Distance:13 million light years

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1024x768
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1600x1200
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Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Infrared
J
New Technology Telescope
SofI
Infrared
H
New Technology Telescope
SofI
Infrared
K
New Technology Telescope
SofI

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