NGC 1097 is also known as an example of the so-called LINER class of galaxies. ngc 1097 is also known as an example of the so-called LINER class of galaxies. This image from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory shows NGC 1097, a barred spiral galaxy located about 50 million light years from us in the southern constellation of Fornax, the Furnace. NGC 1907 is 50 million light years away from us.
It is one of the most beautiful barred spirals in the night sky and a beautiful object for backyard scopes. The elliptical dwarf galaxy NGC 1097A, a small satellite of NGC 1097, can be seen as a fuzzy blue spot in the upper right halfway between the two spiral arms.