Hubble Finds More Evidence of Galactic Cannibalism

This beautiful, eerie silhouette of dark dust clouds against the glowing nucleus of the elliptical galaxy NGC 1316 may represent the aftermath of a 100 million year old cosmic collision between the elliptical and a smaller companion galaxy.

Credit:

Carl Grillmair (California Institute of Technology) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9906a
Type:Observation
Release date:18 February 1999, 06:00
Size:1490 x 1480 px

About the Object

Name:Fornax A, NGC 1316
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Lenticular
Distance:60 million light years
Constellation:Fornax

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Coordinates

Position (RA):3 22 40.43
Position (Dec):-37° 12' 11.67"
Field of view:2.47 x 2.45 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 181.6° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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