Fornax galaxy with four globular clusters marked

This is a Digitized Sky Survey 2 image of the dwarf galaxy Fornax. Highlighted here are four globular clusters found in the galaxy called Fornax 1, 2, 3 and 5.

New observations of the four clusters — large balls of stars that orbit the centres of galaxies — show 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.

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ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

About the Image

Id:heic1425g
Type:Observation
Release date:20 November 2014, 16:00
Related releases:heic1425
Size:5000 x 5000 px

About the Object

Name:Fornax 1, Fornax 2, Fornax 3, Fornax 5, Fornax Dwarf Spheroidal (Galaxy)
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Dwarf
Category:Galaxies
Star Clusters

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