Centaurus A, NGC 5128


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Location
Date Taken:
Mazlin
NGC 5128
Galaxy
CTIO, Chile
08-30-2008
Description

NGC 5128, a lenticular galaxy,  is about 14 million lightyears distant in the constellation Centaurus, and about 4 degrees north of the great globular cluster, Omega Centauri. A relativistic jet, moving as fast as half light speed, shoots energy from the active nucleus of this "radio" galaxy, accounting for the emissions in the radio (as well as X-ray) wavelengths. Numerous small bright blue stars, the product of shocked gases, are evident in the NE radio lobe of this galaxy. The older stars of the galaxy are distributed much more widely than this somewhat tight grouping of younger blue stars. Centaurus A is the 5th brightest galaxy in the sky, though best visible only from the southern hemisphere.

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
Lum 2.5 hours, RGB 50 minutes/channel, all 1x1
Camera:
Apogee Alta U47
Telescope:
RCOS Carbon Truss 16 inch f/11.3 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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