Fornax dwarf galaxy

The Fornax dwarf galaxy is one of the Milky Way’s neighbouring dwarf galaxies.

New observations of four globular clusters — large balls of stars that orbit the centres of galaxies — found in Fornax 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.

This image was composed from data from the Digitized Sky Survey 2. An annotated version showing the location of the four galaxies can be found here.

Credit:

ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

About the Image

Id:heic1425h
Type:Observation
Release date:20 November 2014, 16:00
Related releases:heic1425
Size:5000 x 5000 px

About the Object

Name: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 39 46.72
Position (Dec):-34° 31' 35.16"
Field of view:83.97 x 83.97 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.5° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
445 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
R
658 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2

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