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NGC1097

 

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         Object NGC1097
         Comment Residing in the constellation Fornax is the Spiral galaxy NGC1097. Its blue spiral arms are mottled with pinkish star forming regions and appear to have wrapped around a small companion galaxy near its center, about 40,000 light-years from the spiral's luminous core. The galaxy displays four faint jets, seen to extend well beyond the bluish arms. The jets trace an X centered on the galaxy's nucleus, but probably don't originate there. Instead, they could be trails left over from the capture and disruption of a much smaller galaxy in the large spiral's ancient past. NGC1097 is approximately 45 lightyears away. Text adapted from APOD.

Image is a LRGB composite
         Optics Modified ASA N16 Astrograph F/3.5 (1420mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Aspen CG16070 - 1x1 bin (image scale: 1.07 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 5.5 hours
         Date January 2016

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