Thursday, April 3, 2014

NGC 1316 and 1317

This new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows a contrasting pair of galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller companion NGC 1317 (right). Although NGC 1317 seems to have had a peaceful existence, its larger neighbor bears the scars of earlier mergers with other galaxies.

Image credit: ESO

Note: For more information, see Galactic Serial Killer.

No comments: