This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 1316, located about 62 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. The elliptical-shaped galaxy may be in the late stages of merging with a smaller companion galaxy.
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NGC 1316

This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 1316, located about 62 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. The elliptical-shaped galaxy may be in the late stages of merging with a smaller companion galaxy.

Blue represents ultraviolet light captured by the telescope's long-wavelength detector. Green shows ultraviolet light from the short-wavelength detector, and red shows red visible light from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile.

The Galaxy Evolution Explorer data was taken in December 2003.

Image details

ID#:
PIA10116

Date added:
2007-11-14

Mission:
Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)

Spacecraft:
GALEX Orbiter

Instruments:
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera

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PIA10116.tif (4.33 MB)

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PIA10116.jpg (0.07 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/CTIO