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NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus

Below the horizon.  Never rises today
Alt: -24.12°   Az: 129.84°   Direction: South-East

NGC 5128 is a Lenticular Galaxy in the Centaurus constellation. NGC 5128 is situated south of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Given its visual magnitude of 6.84, NGC 5128 is visible with the help of a small binocular.

The image below is a photograph of NGC 5128 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.8627x0.8627 degrees (51.76x51.76 arcmins).

Image of NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus star
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DSS2 image of NGC 5128 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (25.88 arcmin) and minor (19.77 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

13h 26m 54s
-43° 08’ 46”
19h 04m 38s
08h 31m 33s

J2000

13h 25m 27s
-43° 01’ 09”

Finder Chart

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 5128 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus.

Finder chart NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus.

Photometric Information

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 5128 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

8.18
6.84
4.98
4.27
3.94

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

The surface brightess reported below is an indication of the brightness per unit of angular area of NGC 5128.

23.59 mag/arcsec2

Apparent Size

The following table reports NGC 5128 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 5128 is a visual representation of it.
25.88 arcmin
19.77 arcmin
33°

Morphological Classification

NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus is classified as Lenticular (S0) according to the Hubble and de Vaucouleurs galaxy morphological classification. The diagram below shows a visual representation of the position of NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus in the Hubble de Vaucouleurs sequence.

NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus
Visualization of the morphological classification of NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus, Lenticular (S0).
Credits for the background image: Antonio Ciccolella / M. De Leo / CC BY

Rise and Set Times

Location: Greenwich, UK
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

NGC 5128 (Centaurus A) - Lenticular Galaxy in Centaurus is currently not visible from Greenwich, UK