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Centaurus A
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Centaurus A

March 17, 2003
The radio galaxy Centaurus A was one of the first radio sources to be identified with an extragalactic object The optical counterpart of the radio source is NGC 5128, an elliptical galaxy whose nucleus is bisected by a prominent dust lane, and whose low redshift (z=0.0008) locates it at a distance of 3.5 Mpc, making it one of the nearest active galactic nuclei (AGN). The proximity of Cen A has allowed detailed studies of structures associated with the galaxy.


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