NGC 1365, also known as the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy,is a barred spiral galaxy about 56 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. The spiral arms extend in a wide curve north and south from the ends of the east-west bar and form an almost ring like Z-shaped halo. The central mass in active galactic nucleus rotate close to relativistic Limit.
Find a comparison image of NGC 1365 taken with the 8.2 m ESO VLT telescope in visible and IR light here.
distance: about 60 mio. lightyears
total size: 11x6,6 arc-min
L = 18x1200s
R = 8x1200s
G = 8x1200s
B = 8x1200s
80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller corrected cassegrain, FLI Proline 16803, Baader Filters, Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile, Acquisition: Konstantin Buchhold, Johannes Schedler, Volker Wendel;
processing: Volker Wendel (south is up)
Click on the image below to see NGC1365 at 2700x2700 pixel