The field of NGC 5128 (Centaurus A), portrait format
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NGC 5128, Centaurus A
Top left is NE. Image width is about 2 degrees
Image and text © 2000-2002, Australian Astronomical Observatory.
Photograph from UK Schmidt plates by David Malin.

Centaurus A is a most unusual galaxy, set in a rich part of the southern sky. not only are there plenty of stars here to catch the eye, but the region is rich in galaxies as well. One of the nearer galaxies, at 13 million light years away, Centaurus A is the most powerful nearby radio source and is also a copious source of X- and gamma rays as well as visible and infrared radiation. However, it is predominantly an elliptical galaxy sand its light is mainly that of old, cool stars, which is why it appears yellowish on this colour image. Click here for bigger image.

This galaxy has a huge, faint halo of stars seen in this very deep image made using special photographic techniques.

Related Images
AAT 7.      NGC 5128 (Centaurus A)
AAT 7a.    Centaurus A, NGC 5128 (wide field)
AAT 52.    Detail in the dust lane of NGC 5128
UKS 32.    The field of NGC 5128 (Centaurus A, landscape format)
n5128_d    NGC 5128, deep image
n5128_ud  NGC 5128, ultra-deep image

Entry from NGC 2000.0 (R.W. Sinnott, Ed.) © Sky Publishing Corporation, 1988:
 NGC 5128  Gx 13 25.5  -43 01 s  Cen  18.27.0  !!, vB, vL, vmE 122deg , bifid 
For details of object position and photographic exposure, search technical table by UKS reference number.

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