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The Details
Object
NGC 5128 Centaurus A
Optics
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass f/8
Platform
Astro-Physics 1600 Mount with absolute encoders
Camera
FLI 16803 Proline CCD
Filters
Tru-Balance LRGB Filters - Gen 2
Date
28 & 29 March 2014
Location
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Exposure
L 7 ea x 900 sec 1x1 bin; RGB 6 ea x 600 sec 1x1 bin
Software
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Field of view: 52' x 52' centered on RA 13h25m29s
DEC-43°01'23" (2000). North angle 180°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
Lying about 10 million light years from Earth and spanning nearly 60,000 light years across, NGC 5128 is a unique object theorized by astronomers to be the merger of a dusty spiral galaxy with a giant elliptical within the past few billion years.  NGC 5128 is a strong radio source possessing an active galactic nucleus that houses a 200 million solar mass black hole.  A faint relativistic jet issuing forth from the black hole can be seen at a about a 4 o’clock direction from the center of the galaxy. Click on the link below the image for a photo identifying the position of the jet.

 

 

 

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