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Courtney E. Smith
Courtney E. Smith • 2 years ago

Hubble captured this Centaurus A galaxy, with dust and debris spewing all over it. NASA describe it as a young, active galaxy with evidence of past collision and merger with another galaxy. I say, in the tradition of Sagan, full of starstuff.

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a 'rose' made of galaxies (image credit: NASA, ESA, and the hubble heritage team)

Just million light years away

The core of our galaxy, seen in infrared light by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Blue light is from stars, green light is from polycyclic carbon molecules, yellow and red light is from the thermal glow of warm dust.  This image spans approximately 1000 light years by 1600 light years.  The galactic core is 26000 light years away.

From NASA's image of the day gallery

THE CORE OF OUR GALAXY, seen in infrared light by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Blue light is from stars, green light is from polycyclic carbon molecules, yellow and red light is from the thermal glow of warm dust. This image spans approximately 1000 light years by 1600 light years. The galactic core is 26,000 light years away.

Galaxy

Hybrid Galaxy Spotted An oddball elliptical galaxy is hiding an inner spiral, astronomers have found. The discovery goes against the norm of most big galaxies, which generally fall into one of two categories: spirals and ellipticals. The nearby galaxy Centaurus A seems to be a bit of both.