NGC 1566, is a beautiful galaxy located in the constellation of Dorado. The distance is estimated at 40 million light-years. NGC 1566 is a spiral galaxy with an ill-defined bar-shaped region at its center, meaning it's almost a barred spiral.
NGC 1566 has a very bright active nucleus. These active cores are powered by supermassive black holes, with many millions times the mass of our sun, causing them to convert infalling matter into strong radiation. Actually, NGC 1566 is the second brightest Seyfert galaxy known. NGC 1566 is also the brightest member of the Dorado Group, a loose, but rich group of galaxies in the southern hemisphere.
Image data: L-RGB (460-140-140-140min), total 14.6 h, Seeing 0.8-1.3 arcsec, 80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller corrected cassegrain, FLI Proline 16803, Astrodon Gen2 filters, Prompt 7 CTIO Chile
Processing: Konstantin Buchhold