This is a wonderful image of an eye of a galaxy, captured by Hubble

17/03/2022
Credit image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Sand, K. Sheth
Credit image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Sand, K. Sheth

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 17 March 2022, at 02:05 pm Los Angeles time

The Hubble NASA / ESA Telescope used its camera to capture this wonderful galaxy, called NGC 1097. Hubble made a very clear and accurate picture of the galaxy, which is more than 48 million light-years away, and can be seen (with telescopes) in the constellation Fornax.

We can see a lot of details in this image, given its high clarity. First, we could best see the complexity of the network of stars and dust in the center of the galaxy. Lots of stars are there and probably more are forming now.

The galaxy is quite normal, NGC 1097 is a spiral galaxy being of the Seyfert type, having two other smaller galaxies, satellite. The two small satellite galaxies are called NGC 1097A and NGC 1097B, NGC 1097A is the largest of them.

The distance between the elliptical satellite galaxy NGC 1097A and the galaxy NGC 1097 is approx. 42,000 light-years. This means that the NGC 1097A orbits the NGC 1097 at 42,000 light-years from its center. And galaxy NGC 1097B  remains a dwarf galaxy.

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