April 2018 - Picture of the Month
NGC 4945 in Centaurus
It's still galaxy season here in the North, but I've chosen to head to the southern skies for this detailed image of a distinctive galaxy. I love the dusty dark lanes and star forming regions... reminds me of our home.
In Warren's words
NGC 4945 is a spiral galaxy located near the bright star Zeta Centauri. Discovered by James Dunlop in 1826, it is thought to be similar to the Milky Way Galaxy. X-ray observations however, show that the galaxy has an unusual, energetic Seyfert 2 nucleus that may house a huge black hole. NGC 4945 is one of the brightest galaxies of the Centaurus A/M83 Group- a large, nearby group of galaxies.