NGC 1097 is a barred spiral galaxy about 45
million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. Three
supernovae (SN 1992bd, SN 1999eu, and SN 2003B) have been
observed in NGC 1097. Like most massive galaxies, NGC 1097 has a
supermassive black hole at its center. Around the central black
hole is a ring of star-forming regions with a network of gas and
dust that spirals from the ring to the black hole. NGC 1097 has
two satellite galaxies.