Seyfert galaxy NGC 1068

The well-known Seyfert (and starburst) galaxy NGC 1068 (Messier 77) in Cetus, in a three-color reconstruction from BVR CCD images taken with the 1-meter Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope (JKT), operated by the SARA consortium on the island of La Palma. A nonlinear intensity mapping shows detail over a wide dynamic range, including the bright starburst inner disk and star-forming regions in the outer arms.

NGC 1068, as one of the closest bright active nuclei, has been studied in great detail. It was the nucleus of NGC 1068 which gave rise to the recognition that some so-called Type 2 Seyfert nuclei are actually type 1 objects with much of the light from the core obscured by a dense structure of gas and dust, so we see the nucleus proper only by scattered light.

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