NGC 1097

NGC 1097

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NGC1097 is a rather unusual galaxy in the southern constellation, Fornax. It is
classified as a Seyfert galaxy characterized by an extremely bright nucleus
believed to be harboring the accretion disk of a super massive black hole. Also
listed as Arp 77 in Halton Arp's list of peculiar galaxies, NGC1097 is
interacting and most likely cannibalizing in its embrace a smaller galaxy ESO
416-49. Two faint jets are present in the lower right quarter of this image and
are though to be stellar remains of the smaller galaxy being consumed. Deeper
images with larges telescopes have detected two additional jets on the other
side of the galaxy.

Date Imaged       :

December 20, 2011

Lens       :

N16 f/4.5

Camera       :


Exposure       :

9.8 hours

Filter       :

Astrodon LRGB 26:12:12:9 x 10 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio