Celestial hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Fornax (For)  ·  Contains:  NGC 1097
NGC 1097, 


            Jan Scheers
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NGC 1097, 


            Jan Scheers
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Acquisition details

Nov. 25, 2022
Avg. Moon age:
1.73 days
Avg. Moon phase:

RA center: 02h46m19s.583

DEC center: -30°1233.98

Pixel scale: 0.620 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -1.073 degrees

Field radius: 0.314 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 2630x2516

File size: 1.4 MB

Locations: El Sauce Observatory, Rio Hurtado, Coquimbo Region, Chile

Data source: Amateur hosting facility

Remote source: Telescope Live


NGC 1097, also known as Caldwell 67 or Arp 77, is a (relatively) bright barred spiral galaxy of some 125 thousand light-years across, located about 48 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Fornax , the Furnace.

NGC 1097 is a Seyfert galaxy. Lurking at the very center of the galaxy, a supermassive black hole 100 million times the mass of our sun is gradually sucking in the matter around it. The area immediately around the black hole shines powerfully with radiation coming from the material falling in.

The distinctive ring around the black hole is bursting with new star formation due to an inflow of material toward the central bar of the galaxy. These star-forming regions are glowing brightly thanks to emission from clouds of ionized hydrogen. The ring is around 5000 light-years across, although the spiral arms of the galaxy extend tens of thousands of light-years beyond it.

Image acquired with the Planewave CDK24 telescope and FLI PL9000 camera from Telescope Live in El Sauce Observatory, Chile.

Total exposure time 480 minutes
LRGB 12 subs of 600s with each filter
Dataset Telescope Live.

Processing with AstroPixelProcessor, Photoshop CC with AstroPanel Pro, Astronomy Tools, Topaz Sharpen AI and NoiseXTerminator plug-ins.


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NGC 1097, 


            Jan Scheers