September 2010 — Centaurus A

A colour-composite image of Centaurus A that reveals the lobes and jets of matter being ejected by this active galaxy’s central black hole. Light gathered by three instruments operating at very different wavelengths was combined to produce this image. The 870-micron submillimetre data, seen in orange, comes from an instrument called the Large APEX Bolometer Camera (LABOCA) on the 12-metre Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope operated by ESO on the Chajnantor plateau in Chile. X-ray data from the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory are shown in blue. Visible-light data from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope located at La Silla, Chile, show the background stars and the galaxy’s characteristic dust lane in colours close to those seen by human eyes.

This product is only available in electronic form.


ESO (MPG/ESO 2.2-metre, WFI; Optical); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (Submillimetre); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)

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