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Four globular clusters in Fornax

Four globular clusters in Fornax

Date: 19 November 2014
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Fornax 1, Fornax 2, Fornax 3, Fornax 5, Fornax Dwarf Spheroidal (Galaxy)
Copyright: NASA, ESA, S. Larsen (Radboud University, the Netherlands)

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows four globular clusters in the dwarf galaxy Fornax.

New observations of the clusters – large balls of stars that orbit the centres of galaxies – 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.

Left to right: Fornax 1, Fornax 2, Fornax 3 and Fornax 5. Their positions within the galaxy are shown in image heic1425g.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
18-May-2024 11:13 UT

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