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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Centaurus A with Jets emanating from the central Black Hole!

Centaurus A with Jets emanating from the central Black Hole!
Click on the image for full resolution (2.4 MB)

Awesome 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-meter telescope located at La Silla, Chile, show the background stars and the galaxy’s characteristic dust lane in close to "true colour".
The full resolution image weighs 2.4 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: ESO/WFI (Optical); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (Submillimetre); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)

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