The edge-on galaxy NGC 1055

This colourful image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope shows NGC 1055 in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster).  This large galaxy is thought to be up to 15 percent larger in diameter than the Milky Way. NGC 1055 appears to lack the whirling arms characteristic of a spiral, as it is seen edge-on. However, it displays odd twists in its structure that were probably caused by an interaction with a large neighbouring galaxy.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1707a
Type:Observation
Release date:1 March 2017, 12:00
Related releases:eso1707
Size:3494 x 3411 px

About the Object

Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Constellation:Cetus
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):2 41 45.79
Position (Dec):0° 26' 26.12"
Field of view:7.34 x 7.17 arcminutes
Orientation:North is -0.0° left of vertical

 

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