Latest Fornax Cluster Stories
This new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two contrasting galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller neighbor NGC 1317.
Near-infrared images of the active galaxy NGC 1097, obtained with the NACO adaptive optics instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope, disclose with unprecedented detail a complex central network of filamentary structure spiralling down to the centre of the galaxy. These observations provide astronomers with new insights on how super-massive black holes lurking inside galaxies get fed.
Eighty-five million years ago on small planet Earth, dinosaurs ruled, ignorant of their soon-to-come demise in the great Jurassic extinction, while mammals were still small and shy creatures. The southern Andes of Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina were not yet formed and South America was still an island continent.
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.
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.
Although smaller than the Virgo Cluster, the Fornax Cluster, located in the Fornax constellation is the richest cluster of galaxies within 100 million light years. Its distance from us is approximately 62.0+5.9âˆ’5.5 Mly (19.0+1.8âˆ’1.7 Mpc). It is small as far as galaxy clusters go yet is a valuable source on the evolution of clusters. It shows the effects of a merger of a subgroup with a main group which can lead to clues about the associated galactic superstructure. Some member...