NGC 1316: Galaxy After Collision (Picture of the Day)

NGC 1316
NGC 1316 is a lenticular galaxy which is an intermediate galaxy between an elliptical galaxy and a spiral galaxy. It is about 70 million light years away in the constellation of Fornax and spans about 60,000 light years across. The weird look is mostly due to the collisions or merging of galaxies in the past billion years. These collisions would have destroyed the star clusters in the dense galactic center. The lanes of dust indicate the galaxies which collided or merged where mainly spiral galaxies.




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