Release 261 of 1,056
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.

Release ID: STScI-2011-18
Release images (2)
Active Galaxy Centaurus A

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Acknowledgment: R. O'Connell (University of Virginia) and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee