Sculptor dwarf galaxy

The Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy, pictured in a new image from the Wide Field Imager camera, installed on the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory, is a close neighbour of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Despite their proximity, both galaxies have very distinct histories and characters. This galaxy is much smaller, fainter and older than the Milky Way and appears here as a cloud of faint stars filling most of the picture.

Many other much more distant galaxies can be seen shining right through the sparse stars of the Sculptor Dwarf.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1536a
Type:Observation
Release date:16 September 2015, 12:00
Related releases:eso1536
Size:8455 x 7733 px

About the Object

Name:Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Dwarf
Distance:280000 light years
Constellation:Sculptor
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):1 0 6.55
Position (Dec):-33° 42' 48.90"
Field of view:33.57 x 30.70 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

 

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