The WLM galaxy on the edge of the Local Group

This image, captured by ESO’s OmegaCAM on the VLT Survey Telescope, shows a lonely galaxy known as Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte, or WLM for short. Although considered part of our Local Group of dozens of galaxies, WLM stands alone at the group’s outer edges as one of its most remote members. In fact, the galaxy is so small and secluded that it may never have interacted with any other Local Group galaxy — or perhaps even any other galaxy in the history of the Universe.

Credit:

ESO

Acknowledgement: VST/Omegacam Local Group Survey

About the Image

Id:eso1610a
Type:Observation
Release date:23 March 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1610
Size:8271 x 6137 px

About the Object

Name:WLM Galaxy
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy
Constellation:Cetus
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 1 55.77
Position (Dec):-15° 27' 0.31"
Field of view:29.48 x 21.87 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Ultraviolet
u
VLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
g
VLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
r
VLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
H-alpha
VLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM

 

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