Cetus Dwarf

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Cetus Dwarf
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Cetus
Right ascension 00h 26m 11.0s[1]
Declination −11° 02′ 40″[1]
Distance 2.46 ± 0.08 Mly (755 ± 24 kpc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V) 14.4[1]
Type dSph[1]
Other designations
PGC 3097691[1]
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

Cetus Dwarf is a dwarf spheroidal galaxy. It lies approximately 2.46 Million light-years from Earth. It is an isolated galaxy of the Local Group, which also contains the Milky Way.[3] All of the most readily observable stars in the galaxy are red giants.[4]


The Cetus Dwarf was discovered in 1999 by Alan Whiting, George Hau and Mike Irwin and was found to be a member of the Local Group.[2][5]


As of 2000, no known neutral hydrogen gas has been found that is related to the Cetus dwarf galaxy.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for Cetus Dwarf. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b McConnachie, A. W.; Irwin, M. J.; Ferguson, A. M. N.; Ibata, R. A.; Lewis, G. F.; Tanvir, N. (2005). "Distances and metallicities for 17 Local Group galaxies". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 356 (4): 979–997. arXiv:astro-ph/0410489Freely accessible. Bibcode:2005MNRAS.356..979M. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2004.08514.x. 
  3. ^ Alan B. Whiting; George Hau; Mike Irwin (31 August 1999). "A New Local Group Galaxy in Cetus". The Astronomical Journal. 118 (6): 2767–2774. Bibcode:1999AJ....118.2767W. doi:10.1086/301142. 
  4. ^ Hartmut Frommert. "Cetus Dwarf". SEDS. 
  5. ^ a b van den Bergh, Sidney (April 2000). "Updated Information on the Local Group". The Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 112 (770): 529–536. arXiv:astro-ph/0001040Freely accessible. Bibcode:2000PASP..112..529V. doi:10.1086/316548. 

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Coordinates: Sky map 00h 26m 11s, −11° 02′ 40″