NGC 5128 - Imaged by Chandra (and Others)

This image of the colliding galaxies collectively know as NGC 5128 was compiled from images taken by three separate telescopes.  Jets and lobes powered by the central black hole in this nearby galaxy are shown by sub-millimetre data (coloured orange) from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile and X-ray data (coloured blue) from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.  Visible light data from the Wide Field Imager on the Max-Planck/ESO 2.2 m telescope, also located in Chile, shows the dust lane in the galaxy and background stars.  This object contains one of the most powerful radio sources in the sky, Centaurus A, and the X-ray jet in the upper left of the image is produced by the black hole, extending for about 13,000 light years. The APEX data shows that material in the jet is travelling at about half the speed of light.  There is a large (6MB) image here.

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