Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Centaurus (Cen)  ·  Contains:  Centaurus A  ·  NGC 5090  ·  NGC 5091  ·  NGC 5128
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NGC5128 Centaurus A, 



    
        

            Gary Plummer
NGC5128 Centaurus A
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NGC5128 Centaurus A

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NGC5128 Centaurus A, 



    
        

            Gary Plummer
NGC5128 Centaurus A
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NGC5128 Centaurus A

Acquisition details

Dates:
May 16, 2020
Frames:
115×300(9h 35′)
Integration:
9h 35′
Avg. Moon age:
23.88 days
Avg. Moon phase:
31.98%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3545316

RA center: 13h24m09s.6

DEC center: -43°0451

Pixel scale: 3.274 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 1.121 degrees

Field radius: 1.189 degrees

Resolution: 2048x1626

File size: 2.8 MB

Locations: Back Garden, Clifton Springs, Victoria, Australia

Data source: Backyard

Description

NGC5128 or Centaurus A is a type E0 peculiar elliptical Galaxy and resides in the Centaurus constellation somewhere between 10 and 15 million light years from our solar system.

It is one of the most massive and luminous galaxies known to us and is a great target for astrophotography.

When the photons left Centaurus A to begin their journey to my camera the Earth Mastodons begin appearing in the fossil records along with Kangaroos and Australian megafauna, all now long extinct.

The great American interchange was starting around the time the photons were 1 to 3 light years from the galaxy. This saw mass movements of fauna between North and South America. Birds were well established by then and Crows had been around for a couple of million years.

The first Platypuses appears in Australasia and The oldest known hominid was Sahelanthropus tchadensis, which lived about 7 million years ago appeared to begin the evolution to Humanity while the photons were on their way to my camera.

Image captured with HEQ5-Pro, TS Photoline 80mm triplet refractor, ZWO ASI1600mm Pro with LRGB exposures totalling 6 hours. Guided with 50mm refractor and webcam. Images acquired in SGP and processed in Pixinsight.

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