Fornax Dwarf Galaxy

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Harlow Shapley (1885—1972) American astronomer


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A dwarf spheroidal galaxy (type dSph) in the Local Group of galaxies, about 450 000 l.y. away and nearly 6000 l.y. across. It has approximately 1.5 × 107 times the luminosity of the Sun and contains mostly old stars, but shows evidence of some younger stars about 3 billion years old. It was discovered in 1938 by H. Shapley.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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