Centaurus A – Field 2 (Halo)

Colour composites of "Field 2" in the halo of the peculiar galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128), based on exposures through three near-infrared filters (the J-, H- and K-bands at wavelengths 1.2, 1.6 and 2.2 µm, respectively) with the ISAAC multi-mode instrument at the 8.2-m VLT ANTU telescope at the ESO Paranal observatory. This ISAAC image is one of the two deepest near-infrared images ever obtained in this galaxy and shows thousands of its stars of different colours. In the present colour-coding, the redder an image, the cooler is the star. The original pixel size is 0.15 arcsec and both fields measure 2.5 x 2.5 arcmin 2. North is up and East is left.

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About the Image

Id:eso0315f
Type:Observation
Release date:10 June 2003
Related releases:eso0315
Size:800 x 767 px

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A, NGC 5128
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Halo
• X - Galaxies
Distance:13 million light years

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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.2 μm Very Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Very Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
K
2.2 μm Very Large Telescope
ISAAC

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