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Centaurus A Galaxy by Matt Dieterich

Submitted by Matt Dieterich

I imaged the Centaurus A Galaxy from the pristine dark skies of Observatorio El Sauce in Chile. The galaxy is an estimated 10 to 16 million light years away. Amazing to think that the galaxy is also 60,000 light years across! So that means the light takes 60,000 years to travel from one end of the galaxy to the other end! Considering 1 light year is 5.8 trillion miles I can’t even fathom that scale! Imaged in collaboration with Nick Dunckel and his CDK24 and L-600 mount. I used 10 x 5 minute exposures through LRGB filters