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Artwork showing active galaxy Centaurus A

Artwork showing active galaxy Centaurus A


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Artwork showing active galaxy Centaurus A

Artwork based on an optical photograph of the Centaurus A galaxy (NGC 5128). Centaurus As most distinctive feature is the great lane of dust (here appearing purple) which bisects the galaxy. Astronomers now believe the dust lane is a great disc of dust, yet to be formed into stars, which surrounds the galaxys core and which we see edge- on. Centaurus A is so called because it is the brightest source of radio emission in the constellation of Centaurus. Located some 16 million light years away, it is the nearest active galaxy to Earth

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© FRANCIS LEROY, BIOCOSMOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Active Active Galaxy Cosmology Galactic Galaxy Centaurus A Ngc 5128


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This artwork showcases the active galaxy Centaurus A in all its cosmic glory. Based on an optical photograph of NGC 5128, this masterpiece beautifully captures the essence of one of the most intriguing galaxies in our universe. Centaurus A's defining characteristic is prominently displayed here - a magnificent lane of dust that gracefully cuts through the galaxy, painted in a mesmerizing shade of purple. Astronomers now believe that this dust lane forms a colossal disc surrounding the galactic core, waiting patiently to birth new stars. The unique perspective allows us to witness this phenomenon edge-on, revealing an awe-inspiring spectacle. Renowned as the brightest source of radio emission within the constellation Centaurus, Centaurus A holds a special place in astronomical research and cosmology studies. Located approximately 16 million light years away from Earth, it stands as our closest active galaxy neighbor. This extraordinary artwork not only celebrates scientific exploration but also merges art with astronomy seamlessly. Its intricate details and vibrant colors transport viewers into deep space, inviting them to contemplate the mysteries and wonders that lie beyond our own celestial home. Created by Science Photo Library, this print serves as a testament to humanity's endless fascination with galaxies far beyond reach.

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