NGC 1313 is 50 000 light-years across and lies 14 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Reticulum.
Galaxies showing a chaotic structure like this typically result from a recent collision with a neighboring galaxy. Spiral galaxy NGC 1313, however, appears to be alone.
Brightly lit with new and blue massive stars, star formation appears so rampant in NGC 1313 that it has been labeled a starburst galaxy.
The very active state of this galaxy is evident from the image, showing many star formation regions and a great number of supershell nebulae.
Also check out the interacting background galaxy in the top right corner.
Find an image taken with the 8 m Gemini Telescope here.
LHaRGB (420-440-160-160-160 min) total 22,3 h, north is up, seeing 0.8-1.2 arc-sec,
80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller cassegrain, FLI PL 16803, Baader Filters, Prompt 7 CTIO Chile
Processing: Johannes Schedler
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