NGC 1427A: Galaxy in Motion (Picture of the Day)

NGC 1427A
NGC 1427A is an irregular galaxy in the Eridanulip constellation. It is estimated to be approximately 62 million light years away. It is travelling towards the center of the Fornax cluster of galaxies at approximately 600 km/s. The direction of its movement is clear from the picture itself. The galaxy is moving to the top of the picture and therefore the galaxy is shaped like an arrow. It is about 20,000 light years long.

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