See the beautiful Centaurus A galaxy in all its cosmic glory

See the beautiful Centaurus A galaxy in all its cosmic glory
See the beautiful Centaurus A galaxy in all its cosmic glory

A stunning image of the distant galaxy, Centaurus A, was captured by the Dark Energy Camera, an instrument mounted on the Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

Centaurus A lies more than 12 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus and is a huge and active galaxy. The boundaries of the galaxy itself, which will be the target of future research by the James Webb Space Telescope, according to Digitartlends.

In its release of the image, the National Science Foundation said: “Radio telescopes reveal a massive outpouring of matter flowing outward from the galactic core.” Radio makes this galaxy one of the most prominent radio sources in the night sky.

And in July 2021 the Event Horizon Telescope produced an image of a jet blasting out of the black hole of Centaurus A, which weighs 55 million times the mass of the Sun.”

The Dark Energy camera that captured this image was one of the main tools used in the Dark Energy Survey, a large-scale astronomical survey that surveys huge swaths of the sky in an effort to reveal the secrets of dark energy.

As part of that survey, earlier this year researchers released the most accurate map yet of dark matter in the universe, identified by analyzing the movements of distant objects and galaxies and determining the gravitational effects of dark matter.

 
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