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Centaurus A: Optical image: Caption, Credits and Copyrights

Centaurus A (NGC 5128) is a most unusual galaxy. The circular, uniformly bright portion is composed of several thousand million stars, most of them old and yellowish. The galaxy is girded by a dense dust lane which obscures and reddens the light of stars behind it. Some younger, blue stars can be seen at the edges of the dust cloud. One of the nearer galaxies, 13 million light years away, Centaurus A is a copious source of radio waves, X- and gamma rays as well as visible and infrared radiation. ( D. Mal in)

Courtesy David Malin, Anglo-Australian Observatory
Anglo-Australian Telescope Board, 1987

The copyright of this image is the property of the Anglo-Australian Telescope Board. It is made available here for personal use only. Any commercial use of this picture (including mirroring on bulletin boards or other WWW sites) requires the written permi ssion of the copyright holder. Contact cc@aaoepp.aao.gov.au (Coral Cooksley) for information on reproduction rights and conditions or dfm@aaoepp.aao.gov.au (David Malin) for technical information.

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