Pan across Centaurus A

Centaurus A, also known as NGC 5128, is well known for its dramatic dusty lanes of dark material.

This video pans across the dusty region of Centaurus A, which has been captured in unprecedented detail by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3.

The video shows areas of current star formation. The red clouds highlighted in this video are clouds of ionised hydrogen gas in which new stars are forming. A special filter used in Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 allows astronomers to isolate the specific wavelength of light that is emitted by these regions.


NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgment: R. O’Connell (University of Virginia) and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee

About the Video

Release date:16 June 2011, 15:00
Related releases:heic1110
Duration:36 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A, NGC 5128
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy
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