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2004-12-22 08:35:49

ESO -- Located at a distance of about 45 million light-years in the southern constellation Fornax (the Furnace), NGC 1097 is a relatively bright, barred spiral galaxy of type SBb, seen face-on. At magnitude 9.5, and thus just 25 times fainter than the faintest object that can be seen with the unaided eye, it appears in small telescopes as a bright, circular disc. ESO PR Photo 35d/04, taken on the night of December 9 to 10, 2004 with the VIsible Multi-Object Spectrograph ("VIMOS), a...


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