National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Dwarf Irregular Galaxies: Not So Pristine After All

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Astronomers have shown for the first time that even the smallest galaxies in the Universe have complex structures that indicate a complex history.

Using the Subaru Telescope, a team of astronomers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the Institute of Physics in Lithuania, the University of Durham, Paris Observatory, Kyoto University, Gunma Astronomical Observatory, and the University of Tokyo have discovered an extended halo of stars with a sharp cutoff in the dwarf irregular galaxy Leo A, a member of the Local Group of galaxies that includes the Milky Way.


More info: Subaru telescope web page