April 4, 2014

Zooming In On The Galaxies NGC 1316 And 1317

This zoom starts with a wide spread of sky, including the familiar constellation of Orion (The Hunter) at the upper right and the Large Magellanic Cloud at the upper left. We then close in on the less dramatic constellation of Fornax (The Furnace) and see two galaxies close together. These are the contrasting pair of galaxies NGC 1316 and the smaller 1317. Although NGC 1317 appears to be relative unperturbed, its larger neighbor bears the scars of a turbulent history during which it has engulfed smaller galaxies.

Credit: ESO / Digitized Sky Survey 2 / A. Fujii / Nick Risinger

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