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Centaurus A Far-infrared and X-rays
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Centaurus A: Far-infrared and X-rays

April 18, 2012
The peculiar galaxy Centaurus A in the far-infrared and X-rays. Inner structural features seen in this image are helping scientists to understand the mechanisms and interactions within the galaxy, as are the jets seen extending over thousands of light years from the black hole believed to be at its heart. Newly-discovered clouds co-aligned with the jets can also be seen in the far-infrared data, which are coloured red and orange. The X-ray image data in this combined picture are shown in blue/cyan/purple and highlight the highly energetic jet region as well as structures that co-align with the far-infrared and X-ray jet (top left).