Globular cluster Fornax 2

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the globular cluster Fornax 2 in the dwarf galaxy Fornax.

New observations of this cluster and three others in the galaxy show that they are very similar to those found in our galaxy, the Milky Way. The finding is at odds with leading theories on how these clusters form — in these theories, globular clusters should be nestled among large quantities of old stars — and so the mystery of how these objects came to exist deepens.

This cluster’s position within the galaxy is shown in image G.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, S. Larsen (Radboud University, the Netherlands)

About the Image

Id:heic1425d
Type:Observation
Release date:20 November 2014, 16:00
Related releases:heic1425
Size:719 x 703 px

About the Object

Name:Fornax 2, Fornax Dwarf Spheroidal (Galaxy)
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Dwarf
Constellation:Fornax
Category:Galaxies
Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):2 38 44.32
Position (Dec):-34° 48' 30.61"
Field of view:0.54 x 0.53 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 100.2° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
343 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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