Centaurus. A (NGC 5128)

Centaurus A. (NGC 5128)

NGC 5128 is a peculiar galaxy in Centaurus. An unusual elongated galaxy crossed by a huge dust lane. Sections of the dust lane comprise of yellowish stars, however younger blue stars can be seen at the edge of the dust lane cloud which indicates recent star formation, which is unexpected in an elliptical galaxy. One of the nearer galaxies at about 10 MLY distance. NGC 5128 is also a very powerful radio source. It is suspected that NGC 5128 is the result of a merger of an elliptical and spiral galaxy in the distant past.

F. O.V.    40 x 40 min of arc.

Telescope.   Orion Optics UK  AG12.

Camera.    S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Dates.    15 x 600sec. + 21 x 600sec.    Aug 2019,  June 2020.

Location.   (Wiruna)  Ilford  N.S.W.