Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Centaurus (Cen)  ·  Contains:  NGC 5128

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    Centaurus A, 



    
        

            Rick Stevenson
    Centaurus A
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    Centaurus A

    Image of the day 05/24/2018

    Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
      Centaurus A, 



    
        

            Rick Stevenson
      Centaurus A
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      Centaurus A

      Equipment

      Imaging Cameras
      SBIG STXL 11002M
      Mounts
      Paramount ME
      Filters
      Astrodon 3nm Ha · Astrodon E-series 2 LRGB · Astrodon L Gen.2 E-series · Astrodon G Gen.2 E-series · Astrodon R Gen.2 E-series · Astrodon B Gen.2 E-series
      Software
      PixInsight 1.8
      Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
      Planewave CDK 17

      Acquisition details

      Frames:
      Astrodon 3nm Ha: 11x1800" (5h 30') bin 2x2
      Astrodon B Gen.2 E-series: 15x1200" (5h)
      Astrodon G Gen.2 E-series: 15x1200" (5h)
      Astrodon L Gen.2 E-series: 22x1200" (7h 20')
      Astrodon R Gen.2 E-series: 15x1200" (5h)
      Integration:
      27h 50'

      Basic astrometry details

      Astrometry.net job: 2068428

      RA center: 13h25m32s.4

      DEC center: -43°0339

      Pixel scale: 0.633 arcsec/pixel

      Orientation: 252.849 degrees

      Field radius: 0.420 degrees

      Resolution: 3974x2644

      Data source: Unknown

      Description

      NGC 5128 or Centaurus A is one of the closest radio galaxies to Earth at a distance of approximately 12 million light-years. It has a distinctive central dust lane and an active galactic nucleus containing a supermassive black hole creating a relativistic jet which emits in visual, radio and X-ray wavelengths. The inner and outer filaments of the optical jet are visible here as the red streaks between 2 and 3 o'clock. It is an unusual galaxy, possibly the result of a merger between an elliptical galaxy and a smaller spiral galaxy.

      Data by Martin Pugh, Heaven's Mirror Observatory, New South Wales, Australia.

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      Centaurus A, 



    
        

            Rick Stevenson