The Heavily Obscured Centre of Centaurus A

A small area in the direction of the heavily obscured centre of the peculiar radio galaxy Centaurus A, as seen in visual light. It measures about 80 x 80 arcsec 2, or 4400 x 4400 light-year 2 at the distance of this galaxy, and has been reproduced from exposures made with the FORS2 multi-mode instrument at the 8.2-m VLT KUEYEN telescope at Paranal.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0109a
Type:Observation
Release date:8 March 2001
Related releases:eso0109
Size:677 x 678 px

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Galaxies
• X - Quasars & Black Holes
Distance:13 million light years
Constellation:Centaurus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 25 26.98
Position (Dec):-43° 1' 6.21"
Field of view:1.29 x 1.29 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
V
Very Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
R
Very Large Telescope
FORS2

 

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