The Hubble Telescope has taken a new image of the spiral galaxy NGC 1317, which is located in the constellation Fornax.
In 2014 and 2021, Hubble photographed the galaxy NGC 1317 from the constellation Fornax – it is located more than 50 million light-years from Earth. It has a large neighbor, NGC 1316.
In the central part of the image is the galaxy NGC 1316, located about 60 million light-years from our planet.
Also in the structure of NGC 1316 there is a kind of “tails”, which are the remnants of the outer shells of stars that were thrown and ejected into intergalactic space as a result of complex gravitational interactions during close encounters of NGC 1316 with other galaxies. About 100 million years ago, it began devouring its neighbor, a barred spiral galaxy called NGC 1317.
In the 2021 image, the telescope lens was pointed only at NGC 1317.
Also in the new photo there are objects that relate to other very distant galaxies. For example, the bright dot surrounded by a crisscross glow is a star from our own galaxy, while the redder, elongated spot is a distant galaxy outside NGC 1317.