The Centre of the Active Galaxy NGC 1097

Colour-composite image of the central 5,500 light-years wide region of the spiral galaxy NGC 1097, obtained with the NACO adaptive optics on the VLT. More than 300 star forming regions - white spots in the image - are distributed along a ring of dust and gas in the image. At the centre of the ring there is a bright central source where the active galactic nucleus and its super-massive black hole are located. The image was constructed by stacking J- (blue), H- (green), and Ks-band (red) images. North is up and East is to the left. The field of view is 24 x 29 arcsec2, i.e. less than 0.03% the size of the full moon!

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About the Image

Id:eso0534a
Type:Observation
Release date:17 October 2005
Related releases:eso0534
Size:1467 x 1695 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1097
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies
Distance:45 million light years
Constellation:Fornax

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Coordinates

Position (RA):2 46 18.90
Position (Dec):-30° 16' 26.80"
Field of view:0.41 x 0.48 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.5° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Infrared
J
Very Large Telescope
NACO
Infrared
H
Very Large Telescope
NACO
Infrared
K
Very Large Telescope
NACO

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