False-col optical image Centaurus A radio galaxy

False-col optical image Centaurus A radio galaxy

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Caption: False-colour optical image of the radio galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128), showing the great lane of dust which bisects it. Centaurus A is basically a giant elliptical galaxy encircled by a rotating disc of gas and dust which, seen edge-on, forms the dust lane. Radio maps reveal two enormous radio lobes extending fully 10 degrees across the sky and lying at right angles to the dust lane. A giant cluster of hot stars and gas, more luminous than many entire galaxies, lies at the galaxy's centre. Within this, so many astronomers believe, is a black hole, the central "engine" powering the galaxy. Located some 16 million light years away, Centaurus A is the nearest active galaxy to Earth.

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Keywords: active galaxy, astronomy, centaurus a, cosmology, dust lane in centaurus a, galactic, galaxy, ngc 5128, science

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