NGC5128, Centaurus A
About this image
An unobtrusive arc of blue stars stretching above the iconic galaxy Centaurus A represents the lingering signature of an episode of galactic cannibalism that is surprisingly recent and, astronomically speaking, quite nearby. For details, see NOAO press release 02-11, and the Johns Hopkins press release. The scientific paper is scheduled to appear in the Astronomical Journal for December 2002. A full frame view of the entire galaxy, processed in the same way and also taken from the paper, is available, as well as a true color image also taken by the CTIO Blanco 4-meter telescope.
Minimum credit line: Eric Peng (JHU), Holland Ford (JHU/STScI), Ken Freeman (ANU), Rick White (STScI), NOAO/AURA/NSF
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