Centaurus A – NGC 5128

Location of photo
Hacienda Los Andes, near Cerro Tololo, Chile
Date/Time of photo
19-21 January 2015
Takahashi FSQ-85 and QSI 583wsg on an AP Mach 1 mount and Eagle Pier; Lodestar guider.
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.
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