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Fornax A


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A powerful radio galaxy about 60 million l.y. away in the constellation Fornax, identified with the galaxy NGC 1316. Optically, it appears as a peculiar elliptical or lenticular galaxy, apparently the result of a merger between an elliptical and a spiral or two or more spirals. At magnitude 8.5 it is visually the brightest member of the Fornax Cluster of galaxies, lying on the cluster's southwestern fringes, 3° from the cluster’s centre.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.


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