NGC 1316

Alt. Designations: ARP 154
Object Type: lenticular galaxy
Constellation: Fornax
Distance: 70 mly
Right Ascension: 03h 22m 41.4s
Declination: -37° 12´ 28"
Visual Magnitude: 8.9
Apparent Dimension: 11.0´ X 7.2´
Best Month To View: Nov

NGC 1316 (also known as Fornax A) is a lenticular galaxy about 70 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. NGC 1316 is a radio galaxy. It is the fourth-brightest radio source in the sky (as seen at 1400 MHz). NGC 1316 is located within the Fornax Cluster, a cluster of galaxies in the constellation Fornax. However, in contrast to Messier 87, which is a similar elliptical galaxy that is located in the center of the Virgo Cluster, NGC 1316 is located at the edge of the Fornax Cluster. NGC 1316 appears to be interacting with NGC 1317, a small spiral galaxy to the north. However, that small spiral galaxy does not appear to be sufficiently large enough to cause the distortions seen in the structure of this galaxy.