Firestorm of Star Birth in Galaxy Centaurus A
Resembling appearing sleet clouds on a inclement day, dim lanes of dirt crisscross a hulk elliptical universe Centaurus A.
Hubble’s panchromatic vision, stretching from ultraviolet by near-infrared wavelengths, reveals a colourful heat of young, blue star clusters and a glance into regions routinely vaporous by a dust.
The mangled figure of Centaurus A’s hoop of gas and dirt is justification for a past collision and partnership with another galaxy. The ensuing shockwaves means hydrogen gas clouds to compress, triggering a firestorm of new star formation. These are manifest in a red rags in this Hubble close-up.
At a stretch of only over 11 million light-years, Centaurus A contains a closest active galactic iota to Earth. The core is home for a supermassive black hole that ejects jets of high-speed gas into space, though conjunction a supermassive black hole or a jets are manifest in this image.
This picture was taken in Jul 2010 with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3.
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and a Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration
Acknowledgment: R. O’Connell (University of Virginia) and a WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee