Hubble Spies Cosmic Dust Bunnies

Like dust bunnies that lurk in corners and under beds, surprisingly complex loops and blobs of cosmic dust lie hidden in the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1316. This image made from data obtained with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals the dust lanes and star clusters of this giant galaxy that give evidence that it was formed from a past merger of two gas-rich galaxies.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0511a
Type:Observation
Release date:31 March 2005, 16:00
Size:3228 x 3280 px

About the Object

Name:Fornax A, NGC 1316
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:60 million light years
Constellation:Fornax

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435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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