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Contains:  NGC 1399, NGC 1386, NGC 1380, NGC 1365
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Fornax Galaxy Cluster, 





    
        

            Ruben Barbosa
Fornax Galaxy Cluster

Fornax Galaxy Cluster

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Imaging telescope or lens:Takahashi FSQ 106ED

Mount:Paramount ME

Guiding camera:FLI Microline 16803

Software:Maxim DL, Gimp

Resolution: 1960x1356

Dates:Nov. 18, 2016

Frames:
Blue: 15x180" bin 2x2
Green: 15x180" bin 2x2
Lum: 20x300" bin 1x1
Red: 15x180" bin 2x2

Integration: 3.9 hours

Avg. Moon age: 19.22 days

Avg. Moon phase: 79.16%

Astrometry.net job: 2001098

RA center: 3h 37' 16"

DEC center: -35° 32' 38"

Pixel scale: 7.002 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 359.438 degrees

Field radius: 2.318

Description

* Image Acquisition: iTelescope-Portugal.
* Processing: Ruben Barbosa.
* Distance: 65 Mly.

The Fornax Galaxy Cluster is located about 65 million light-years in the Southern Hemisphere and is the second closest galactic cluster on Earth.

Structures like this are quite common in the Universe and illustrate well the powerful influence that gravity exerts over great distances, causing the masses of galaxies to join together in one region.

The cluster of the Fornax contains about 60 galaxies, represented in the image by yellowish spots, to which are added many others of much smaller dimension. The following objects stand out:
* NGC 1399, located at its center (in the middle of the three bright diffuse globules that can be seen to the left of the image). It is assumed here to be a place of galactic cannibalism, the strongest evidence being attributed to a blue bridge, not visible in this image, possibly formed by young stars, which links it to NGC 1387;
* NGC 1365 reveals regions of intense star formation at the extremities of the prominent bar, along the spiral arms and dust clouds that traverse its bright nucleus. Three supernovae have already been observed: SN 1957C in 1957, SN 1983V in 1983 and SN 2001du in 2001.

* See also: NGC 1365, Close-up.

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