A face for radio

Charles Pevsner, taken from Rio Hurtado, Chile

At just 12 million light-years away, edge-on Centaurus A (NGC 5128) is the closest galaxy with an actively feeding supermassive black hole. This powers jets that fire into the surrounding material and produce lobes visible only in radio waves; however, a diffuse glow is visible in optical light. This image represents 11.6 hours of LRGB data taken with a 5-inch refractor.