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Galaxy NGC 1316

The giant galaxy got its peculiar shape by the melting of an elliptic galaxy with a spiral galaxy.
Between 1980 and 2006 four supernovae have been discovered in NGC 1316. Of those two nearly at the same time in June and November 2006. Strangely enough all of these have been type Ia supernovae.

Constellation: Fornax
Distance: 75 million light-years
Visual magnitude: 8.5
Diameter: 120 000 light-years
Type: Sa

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