NGC 5128 (Centaurus)

Cent A (30)

NGC 5128 (Centaurus A)

NGC 5128 is a peculiar galaxy in Centaurus. An unusual elongated galaxy crossed by a huge dust lane. Sections of the dust lane comprises of yellowish stars, however younger blue stars can be seen at the edges of the dust 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 results of a merger of an elliptical and spiral galaxy in the distance past.

Telescope.   16 Inch F4.5 Newtonian.

Camera.  S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date. 14 x 600 sec.+ 12 x 900 sec.   Apr. 2010, May 2016.

Location.  (Wiruna) Ilford  N.S.W.