Distant swirling galaxy dwarfed by violent star killer

By Christopher Crockett, 12:57 PM April 18, 2014

Sixty million light-years from Earth in the Fornax constellation, two neighboring galaxies have very different histories. The smaller galaxy, NGC 1317 (right), is an unremarkable spiral, not much different from the Milky Way. Its neighbor galaxy NGC 1316 has a more sordid past: It’s a cannibal.

In this mosaic of images from the 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile, dark dust lanes and twisting tails betray a history of galactic collisions that have built NGC 1316 into the monst...

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