The WLM galaxy on the edge of the Local Group

This close-up video pan sequence, 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. Music: Johan B. Monell (www.johanmonell.com). Acknowledgement: VST/Omegacam Local Group Survey


About the Video

Id:eso1610b
Release date:23 March 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1610
Duration:50 s

About the Object

Name:WLM Galaxy
Category:Galaxies

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