Release 275 of 1,070
Firestorm of Star Birth in the Active Galaxy Centaurus A
Release date: Jun 16, 2011 9:00 AM (EDT)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

Resembling looming rain clouds on a stormy day, dark lanes of dust crisscross the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. Hubble's panchromatic vision, stretching from ultraviolet through near-infrared wavelengths, reveals the vibrant glow of young, blue star clusters and a glimpse into regions normally obscured by the dust. This image was taken in July 2010 with Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3.