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Photographer:

Jon Greif

Email:

greif.jon@gmail.com

Location of Photo:

Siding Springs Observatory, NSW, Australia

Date/Time of photo:

July 13, 2018, at midnight local time

Equipment:

Takahashi 90 mm refractor and color imaging platform

Description:

Just can't get a clear night at home (Southern California), so I went to the remote iTelescope.net Australian site, Siding Springs Observatory in NSW for this image of Centaurus A (NGC 5128), a galaxy in the constellation Centaurus. At 10-16 million light years away, Centaurus A is one of the closest galaxies to Earth, and the fifth-brightest in the sky, making it an ideal amateur astronomy target, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere. The center of the galaxy contains a supermassive black hole with a mass equivalent to 55 million solar masses. A collision is suspected responsible for its intense star formation. Models suggest that Centaurus A was a large elliptical galaxy that collided and merged with a smaller spiral galaxy. The image was made with 3 stacked 5 minute exposures on a 90 mm Takahashi refractor and color imaging platform, at midnight local (NSW) time, today.

Website:

http://skyandtelescope.org/author/jgreif/

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