The giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) and its strange globular clusters

This huge elliptical galaxy NGC 5128 (also known as Centaurus A) is the closest such galaxy to the Earth, at a distance of about 12 million light-years. Observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have discovered a new class of “dark” globular star clusters around this galaxy. These are marked in red. Normal globulars are marked in blue and globulars showing similar properties to dwarf galaxies are in green. The dark globulars appear very similar to other globulars around this galaxy but contain much more mass.

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ESO/Digitized Sky Survey. Acknowledgement: Davide de Martin

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Yayın tarihi:13 Mayıs 2015 12:00
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Adı:Centaurus A
Tür:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Uzaklık:12 milyon ışık yılı
Constellation:Centaurus
Kategori:Galaxies

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Position (RA):13 25 32.01
Position (Dec):-43° 1' 35.69"
Field of view:59.68 x 43.92 arcminutes
Yönelim:Kuzey yönü 1.7° sağ derece kadar dik konumdan sapma göstermektedir