Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster. And if you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. –F. Nietzsche
That’s supposed to be a metaphor, right? Not so, says NGC 1097. In visible light, it just looks like a barred spiral galaxy:
But damn if the abyss isn’t gazing back at us in the infrared. From the Spitzer Space Telescope:
Universe Today has the full story on what we’re seeing. You’re going to have to go there; apparently, I have a monster to battle.