I would like to know the name of this eye-shaped galaxy:

Strange eye-shaped galaxy has black-hole iris, Betsy Mason, 23.07.2009, Wired.com:

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    $\begingroup$ APOD 27/07/2009 $\endgroup$
    – George
    Nov 6 '17 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ That link contains an answer. Please answer in the answer section. $\endgroup$
    – James K
    Nov 6 '17 at 17:24

That is galaxy NGC 1097, a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Fornax. It has been distorted by interactions with neighbouring galaxies and has a weakly active galactic nucleus, with jets coming from the nucleus. The jets contain stars from a galaxy that has recently (in astronomical terms) been cannibalized. The ring in the centre is a region of star formation, surrounding the nucleus of the galaxy at about 5000 light years.


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