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Sculptor Dwarf




Sculptor Dwarf
A dwarf elliptical galaxy that is a satellite of the Milky Way. Discovered in 1938 by Harlow Shapley, it lies about 285,000 light-years away in the constellation Sculptor, and has an absolute magnitude of -11.28 and a mass of about 3 million solar masses.

The Sculptor Dwarf contains only 4 percent of the carbon and other heavy elements in our own galaxy, making it similar to primitive galaxies seen at the edge of the universe.


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