Fornax dwarf galaxy

Fornax dwarf galaxy

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Caption: Fornax dwarf galaxy. The Fornax dwarf galaxy is one of the Milky Way's neighbouring dwarf galaxies. It is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Fornax, and was discovered in 1938 by Harlow Shapley. The Milky Way, like all large galaxies, is thought to have formed from smaller galaxies in the early days of the Universe. These small galaxies should contain many very old stars, just as the Milky Way does, and a team of astronomers has now shown that this is indeed the case. Image composed from data from ESO's (European Southern Observatory) Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS-2).

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, digitised sky survey 2, digitized sky survey, dss-2, dss2, dwarf galaxy, elliptical, fornax constellation, fornax dwarf galaxy, milky way, neighbour, neighbouring, old stars, planetary science, space, star, starry, stars

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