Spectacular Hubble view of Centaurus A

Centaurus A, also known as NGC 5128, is well known for its dramatic dusty lanes of dark material. Hubble’s new observations, using its most advanced instrument, the Wide Field Camera 3, are the most detailed ever made of this galaxy. They have been combined here in a multi-wavelength image which reveals never-before-seen detail in the dusty portion of the galaxy.

As well as features in the visible spectrum, this composite shows ultraviolet light, which comes from young stars, and near-infrared light, which lets us glimpse some of the detail otherwise obscured by the dust.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgment: R. O’Connell (University of Virginia) and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic1110a
Type:Observation
Release date:16 June 2011, 15:00
Related releases:heic1110
Size:4027 x 4174 px

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A, NGC 5128
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:11 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
438 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
B
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
V
487 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
V
547 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
673
Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
657
Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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