Giant Elliptical Galaxy NGC 1316 in Fornax Cluster

Colour composite photo of the central area of NGC 1316, a giant elliptical galaxy in the Fornax cluster of galaxies. Many dark dust clouds and lanes are visible. Some of the star-like objects in the field are globular clusters of stars that belong to the galaxy. It is based on CCD exposures, obtained with the 8.2-m VLT/ANTU telescope and the FORS-1 multi-mode instrument through B (blue), V (green-yellow) and I (here rendered as red) filters, respectively. The "pyramids" above and below the bright centre of the galaxy and the vertical lines at some of the brighter stars are caused by overexposure ("CCD bleeding"). The field measures 6.8 x 6.8 arcmin 2, with 0.2 arcsec/pixel. The image quality of this composite is about 0.9 arcsec. North is up and East is left.

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About the Image

Id:eso0024a
Type:Observation
Release date:28 July 2000
Related releases:eso0024
Size:1941 x 1947 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1316
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Giant
• X - Galaxies
Distance:60 million light years
Constellation:Fornax

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Coordinates

Position (RA):3 22 43.33
Position (Dec):-37° 12' 0.92"
Field of view:6.47 x 6.49 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.6° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
R
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Infrared
I
Very Large Telescope
FORS1

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