NGC 1399

Alt. Designations: NGC 1399
Object Type: elliptic galaxy
Constellation: Fornax
Distance: 62 mly
Right Ascension: 03h 38m 28.9s
Declination: -35° 26´ 59"
Visual Magnitude: 9.4
Apparent Dimension: 6.9´ X 6.5´
Best Month To View: Nov

NGC 1399, a large elliptical galaxy in the Southern constellation Fornax, is the central galaxy in the Fornax cluster. It's an example of a cD galaxy, with a bright center and a vast, diffuse envelope surrounding it. It's also rich in globular clusters, with a population of them that has been estimated to be between 5,700 and 6,500. A supermassive black hole with a mass of 500 million solar masses may be present in the center of this galaxy.