NGC 1365 - The "Great Barred Spiral Galaxy"
Imaged by Insight Observatory
NGC 1365, also known as the "Great Barred Spiral Galaxy", is located in the constellation Fornax. After reading Banich's article, I logged onto the remote robotic telescope network we use here at Insight Observatory and was able to acquire a 10-minute exposure of the galaxy using a one-shot color CCD camera (inserted in this article). I guess the point of this blog entry is to continue stressing the value of having accessibility to remote robotic telescopes around the globe. I may not be able to visually observe this interesting deep-sky object due to my physical location here in the northeastern area of the United States, however, I was able to capture an image immediately from my desktop computer that I could process and study the fine characteristics this object has to offer.
Some Interesting Facts About NGC 1365:
NGC 1365, also known as the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy, is a barred spiral galaxy about 56 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax.
A very bright supernova was discovered by Alain Klotz with the TAROT telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile on October 27, 2012, in NGC 136. The supernova was designated 2012fr.
NGC1365 is a giant Seyfert type galaxy with a diameter of 200,000 light years. It is arguably the most prominent barred spiral in the sky.
The bar rotates clockwise with velocities in the nucleus of 2000 km/sec resulting in one rotation in 350 million years.