NGC 1097, a barred spiral galaxy and elliptical companion
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NGC 1097
Top left is NE. Image width is about 7 arc min
Image and text © 1999-2002, Australian Astronomical Observatory, Photograph by Steve Lee and David Malin.

NGc 1097 is a fine, barred spiral galaxy seen from a distance of about 50 million light years. The galaxy is unusual in several respects. It is a fairly strong radio source and is also bright at far infrared wavelenghts, indicating the presence of warm dust. The galaxy is also interacting woth a small elliptical galaxy, seen in the upper right (NW) corner of the picture. This galaxy shows the subtle interleaved 'shells' or stepped changes in brightness resulting from the interaction. Finally, the galaxy is known to have extremely faint, large-scale, optical jet-like structures emanating from its nucleus. These extend far beyond the image presented here and are not seen on this photograph. Entry from NGC 2000.0 (R.W. Sinnott, Ed.) © Sky Publishing Corporation, 1988:
NGC 1097  02 46.3  -30 17 s  For9.39.3  vB, L, vmE 151deg , vbMN 

More data about this galaxy is accessible from the hotlinked NGC name and is reproduced
with permission from the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED).

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