Hubble’s Stunning New View of Centaurus A

Article written: 16 Jun , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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From a HubbleSite press release:

Resembling looming rain clouds on a stormy day, dark lanes of dust crisscross the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. Hubble’s panchromatic vision, stretching from ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths, reveals the vibrant glow of young, blue star clusters and a glimpse into regions normally obscured by the dust.

The warped shape of Centaurus A’s disk of gas and dust is evidence for a past collision and merger with another galaxy. The resulting shockwaves cause hydrogen gas clouds to compress, triggering a firestorm of new star formation. These are visible in the red patches in this Hubble close-up.

At a distance of just over 11 million light-years, Centaurus A contains the closest active galactic nucleus to Earth. The center is home for a supermassive black hole that ejects jets of high-speed gas into space, but neither the supermassive or the jets are visible in this image.

This image was taken in July 2010 with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3.

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13 Responses

  1. sharfraz navaz says

    wow this one is nice buddy

  2. Anonymous says

    I wonder if this sort of action will occur when the Milky Way collides with Andromeda?

  3. Anonymous says

    wow at 11 million LY such clarity and detail, unbelievable. Hubble snaps are super stock photos.

  4. Anonymous says

    wow at 11 million LY such clarity and detail, unbelievable. Hubble snaps are super stock photos.

  5. Anonymous says

    wow at 11 million LY such clarity and detail, unbelievable. Hubble snaps are super stock photos.

  6. Anonymous says

    wow at 11 million LY such clarity and detail, unbelievable. Hubble snaps are super stock photos.

  7. Anonymous says

    Wow unimaginable clarity and details at 11 million LY. Hubble pictures are always breathtaking. Gotta keep the telescope operating for ever.

  8. Anonymous says

    Wow unimaginable clarity and details at 11 million LY. Hubble pictures are always breathtaking. Gotta keep the telescope operating for ever.

  9. Anonymous says

    Wow unimaginable clarity and details at 11 million LY. Hubble pictures are always breathtaking. Gotta keep the telescope operating for ever.

  10. Anonymous says

    Wow unimaginable clarity and details at 11 million LY. Hubble pictures are always breathtaking. Gotta keep the telescope operating for ever.

  11. Anonymous says

    This is one of the best I have seen of Hubble.

  12. HeadAroundU says

    I guess a nice detail, but it kinda sucks that it’s not complete.

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