• Centaurus A

    Date:22 February 2013 Tags:, , , , ,

    Colour composite image of Centaurus A, revealing the lobes and jets emanating from the active galaxy’s central black hole. This is a composite of images obtained with three instruments, operating at very different wavelengths. The 870-micron submillimetre data, from LABOCA on APEX, are shown in orange. X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory are shown in blue. Visible light data from the Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2,2 m telescope located at La Silla, Chile, show the stars and the galaxy’s characteristic dust lane in close to “true colour”.

    Credit: ESO/WFI (Optical); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/AWeiss et al. (Submillimetre); Nasa/CXC/CfA/R Kraft et al. (X-ray)

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