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Sextans constellation

Sextans. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.


Sextans (abbreviation Sex), the Sextant, is a faint constellation on the celestial equator.

 

Its brightest star is Alpha Sextantis (visual magnitude 4.48, absolute magnitude -0.25, spectral type A0III, distance 287 light-years). Among its deep-sky objects are the Sextans Dwarf and the Spindle Galaxy.

 


Sextans Dwarf

 

Sextans Dwarf

 

The Sextans Dwarf is a low-luminosity dwarf elliptical galaxy (dE3) that is a satellite of the Milky Way. Discovered in 1990, it lies at coordinates R.A.10h 13.2m, Dec. -1° 37', about 290,000 light-years from the galactic center.

 


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