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The Phoenix Dwarf Galaxy is a dwarf galaxy and an irregular galaxy that was discovered in 1976 by H.E. Schuster and R.M. West and mistaken for a globular cluster. It is currently 1.2 million lightyears away from Earth. Its name comes from the fact that it is part of the Phoenix constellation A dwarf galaxy is a small galaxy composed of up to several billion stars, a small number compared to our own Milky Ways 200-400 billion stars. ... An irregular galaxy is a galaxy that does not fall into the Hubble classification for galaxies. ... A globular cluster is a spherical bundle of stars (star cluster) that orbits a galaxy as a satellite. ... A light year, abbreviated ly, is the distance light travels in one year: roughly 9. ... Phoenix is a minor southern constellation, introduced by Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, and popularized by Johann Bayers Uranometria in 1603. ...

Phoenix Dwarf
Observation data
(Epoch J2000.0)
Type Irr
Right ascension 1h 51.1m
Declination -44° 27′
Distance 1.2 million ly
Apparent magnitude (V) unknown
Apparent dimensions (V) unknown
Constellation Phoenix constellation
Physical characteristics
Radius unknown
Absolute magnitude (V) unknown
Notable features -
Other designations ESO 245- G 007, PCG 6830

In astronomy, an epoch is a moment in time for which celestial coordinates or orbital elements are specified. ... The Hubble sequence is a classification of galaxy types developed by Edwin Hubble in 1936. ... Right ascension (RA; symbol α: Greek letter alpha) is the astronomical term for one of the two coordinates of a point on the celestial sphere when using the equatorial coordinate system. ... In astronomy declination (dec) is one of the two coordinates of the equatorial coordinate system, the other being either right ascension or hour angle. ... (Redirected from 1 E22 m) Categories: Orders of magnitude (length) ... Light year, a measure of distant Lightyear (band), a ska-punk band from the UK Buzz Lightyear, a character in the animated film Toy Story. ... The apparent magnitude (m) of a star, planet or other heavenly body is a measure of its apparent brightness; that is, the amount of light received from the object. ... Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe (but not always the whole year long). ... Phoenix is a minor southern constellation, introduced by Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, and popularized by Johann Bayers Uranometria in 1603. ... In astronomy, absolute magnitude is the apparent magnitude, m, an object would have if it were at a standardized distance away. ...

References:

  • R. Cantera and P.J. Flowers, 1977. A new dwarf irregular galaxy in the constellation Phoenix.
  • Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 212, p. L57-L58 (March 1, 1977)

Schuster and West, 1976. Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 49, p. 129 The Astrophysical Journal is one of the foremost research journals devoted to recent developments, discoveries, and theories in astronomy and astrophysics. ...


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Phoenix Dwarf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (95 words)
The Phoenix Dwarf Galaxy is a dwarf galaxy and an irregular galaxy that was discovered in 1976 by Hans-Emil Schuster and Richard Martin West and mistaken for a globular cluster.
Its name comes from the fact that it is part of the Phoenix constellation.
A new dwarf irregular galaxy in the constellation Phoenix.
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