Centaurus A (NGC 5128) is a peculiar galaxy located in the southern constellation Centaurus. It is the fifth brightest galaxy in the night sky, the nearest giant galaxy to the Milky Way, and one of the nearest radio galaxies to Earth. Radio galaxies are powered by a central supermassive black hole feeding on surrounding matter. In this case the black hole has a mass of 55 million solar masses. It is a starburst galaxy, one undergoing an exceptionally high rate of star formation. It is suspected that a galactic collision is responsible for the high rate of star birth.
Data capture: Rio Hurtado, Chile
Total integration time 29.5 hours in LRGB
That is my favorite Galaxy. Too bad we can't get a good look at it from up here. Great job on image processing. It's an amazing view with lots of detail. I love it!
How beautiful. The dark lane is just so dramatic.