NGC 5128 lies 11-16 million light years away, and being one of the closest radio galaxies to Earth its active galactic nucleus has been extensively studied by professional astronomers.
The galaxy is also the fifth brightest in the sky, although the galaxy is only visible from low northern latitudes and the southern hemisphere.
Like other starburst galaxies, a collision is suspected to be responsible for the intense burst of star formation. Spitzer Space Telescope studies have confirmed that Centaurus A is colliding with and devouring a smaller spiral galaxy.
Canon 7D – Prime Focus through Celestron CPC 9.25
Exp. 26 sec x 30 frames in Deep Sky Stacker