Mouseover the above image to identify the jets
NGC 1097 stands out among galaxies for its unique grouping of four “jets” forming an X-shape which seem to intersect at the core. It’s believed that the jets are actually the shattered
dwarf galaxy that was disrupted and cannibalized by the much larger NGC 1097 up to a few billion years ago. Three of the four jets are visible in the above image, with the fourth only hinted at
because of its extreme faintness. One of the jets clearly visible in the images, issuing out at a 10:30 o’clock direction from the galaxy core, has a curious 90° “dog-leg” bend to the right at it’s end.
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