Centaurus A

Photo: ESO

The Centaur

This recent image captured by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile reveals a stunning view of the vast, elliptical galaxy, Centaurus A, which is located 12 million light-years away from Earth.

In the center of Centaurus A is a supermassive black hole believed to be 100 million times more massive that our sun, which is responsible for the galaxy's bright nucleus. The radio waves are so prolific that scientists at the ESO call it the most prominent radio galaxy in the sky.

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