This object is an active giant radio galaxy with a super-massive black hole, known as Fornax A
, which has been feeding on a remnant it cannibalised.
The giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1316, also known as the powerful radio source Fornax A
, isn't like most ellipticals.
NGC 1316, otherwise known as Fornax A
, is a multifaceted astronomical enigma: a source of relativistic plasma jets that produce copious radio waves; a distended galaxy with faint starry shells and convoluted dust lanes; and a cosmic X-ray emitter.