Optical image of the Fornax cluster of galaxies

Optical image of the Fornax cluster of galaxies

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Caption: Fornax cluster of galaxies. True-colour optical image of the core of the Fornax cluster of galaxies, in the constellation Fornax. The face-on barred spiral galaxy at lower right is NGC 1365. The bright elliptical galaxy near centre is NGC 1399, and below it is the smaller elliptical galaxy NGC 1404. To the right of NGC 1399 is NGC 1387, and to the right of that is NGC 1379. Above these two galaxies, at upper right, is the elongated NGC 1380. The Fornax cluster lies around 70 million light years from Earth. This image was produced by digitally combining photographs taken by the UK Schmidt Telescope in blue and red light.

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Keywords: astronomy, cluster, cosmology, fornax, fornax cluster, fornax cluster galax, galactic, galaxies, galaxy, galaxy cluster, group, ngc 1365, ngc 1380, ngc 1399, ngc 1404, science, uk schmidt telescope imagery, united kingdom

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