Centaurus

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Boomerang Nebula

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The Boomerang Nebula (PGC 3074547) is a protoplanetary nebula located in the constellation Centaurus. The nebula lies at an approximate distance of 5,000 light years from Earth. It has a temperature of only 1 K (-272.15°C or -458°F) and is currently the coldest known place in the universe.

The Boomerang Nebula is also known as the Centaurus Bipolar Nebula and the Bow Tie Nebula, a name it shares with the planetary nebula NGC 40 (Caldwell 2) in the constellation Cepheus.
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Centaurus A

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Centaurus A is a peculiar galaxy located in the southern constellation Centaurus. It is the fifth brightest galaxy in the night sky, the nearest giant galaxy to the Milky Way, and one of the nearest radio galaxies to Earth.

Its exact type is uncertain, but it is usually classified either as a giant elliptical or lenticular galaxy. The galaxy’s exact distance from Earth is also uncertain, but estimates generally range from 10 to 16 million light years.
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Omega Centauri – NGC 5139

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Omega Centauri is a globular cluster located in the direction of Centaurus constellation. Hosting about 10 million stars within a region about 150 light years in diameter, it is the brightest, largest, and most massive globular star cluster in our galaxy, the Milky Way. The cluster lies at a distance of 15,800 light years from Earth. It has the designation NGC 5139 in the New General Catalogue.
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Proxima Centauri

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Proxima Centauri, also known as Alpha Centauri C, is the closest star to Earth. It is located in the constellation Centaurus.

The star lies at a distance of only 4.243 light years from Earth. The name Proxima means “next to” or “nearest to” in Latin. Proxima’s distance to the second and third closest stars to the Sun, Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, is 0.237 ± 0.011 light years.

Proxima Centauri is very likely the third component of the Alpha Centauri system, but the star’s orbital period may be more than 500,000 years.
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