NGC 1097


NGC 1097 — Click Image to Enlarge

NGC 1097 is a colorful galaxy in Fornax. 4 dim mysterious jets emanate from the galactic center — this image shows 2 of them — the more obvious is at the approximate 8:30 position, and a slightly fainter one comes down from the upper left corner of the image. You can just begin to appreciate an even fainter jet originating about 180 degrees from the 8:30 jet. The current theory is that the jets are actually the shattered remains of a cannibalized dwarf galaxy.

Technical Details as follows:

Imaged by SSRO/PROMPT/CTIO in 2015 with a 16″ RCOS @ f/11.3, Apogee U9, and Planewave 200HR mount. This is the longesr exposure in the history of SSRO — 50 hours of Lum data, and 18/10.5/12 hours of RGB, respectively. Calibration in Maxim, alignment/integration in PixInsight, deconvolution in PixInsight, and everything else in Photoshop.