David Kirkpatrick

November 22, 2009

Beautiful space image — Centaurus A

Filed under: et.al., Science — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:17 am

Amazing

This image of the central parts of Centaurus A reveals the parallelogram-shaped remains of a smaller galaxy that was gulped down about 200 to 700 million years ago. The image is based on data collected with the SOFI instrument on ESO’s New Technology Telescope at La Silla. The original image, obtained by observing in the near-infrared through three different filters (J, H and K) was specially processed to look through the dust, providing a clear view of the centre. The field of view is about 4 x 4 arcminutes.

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