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NGC 1317

Also catalogued (accidentally?) as NGC 1318, NGC 1317 is a barred spiral galaxy with a wreath of bright star formation around its nucleus. These Hubble observations are not especially deep, but are still adequate to make out some of the fainter outer arms of the spiral. A much deeper view is available from ESO, also showing its line-of-sight companion NGC 1316. It's possible that the two are interacting, but also possible that they are too far away from one another, since NGC 1317 appears unperturbed, even while NGC 1316 has clearly interacted recently, given its obvious and multiple tidal tails.


Data from the illustrious PHANGS-HST program were used to create this image.


More on PHANGS here:


Red: WFC3/UVIS F814W

Green: WFC3/UVIS F555W

Blue: WFC3/UVIS F438W+F336W+F275W


North is 68.0° clockwise from up.

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Uploaded on November 17, 2020