Centaurus A – NGC 5128

Photographer
BobGillette
Email
bob.gillette9@gmail.com
Location of photo
Hacienda Los Andes, near Cerro Tololo, Chile
Date/Time of photo
19-21 January 2015
Equipment
Takahashi FSQ-85 and QSI 583wsg on an AP Mach 1 mount and Eagle Pier; Lodestar guider.
Description
One of the brightest galaxies in the southern skies, Centaurus A is the product of a collision 200-400 million years ago between an elliptical and spiral galaxy, leaving a dramatic dust lane across its expanse and a fringe of young blue stars above and below the dust lane, born in the turblence of the collision. Centaurus A is about 13 million light years away.