Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. This enlargement of the Fornax cluster image shows the galaxy before and few days after the explosion of the bright Ia supernova SN2012fr, discovered on October 27. The supernova is the bright blue star close to the galaxy core (text adapted from APOD).
Apo TEC140 (140/f7.2) - FLI Proline 16803 - L (720m) R (340m) G (250m) B (270m) - Warrumbungle Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia