Adventures in astroimaging and miscellaneous nonsense by an amateur astronomer in East Texas.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The constellation Lepus, the hare, is located south of the Orion constellation. In some stories, Lepus is being flushed from the grass by Orion's hunting dogs, Sirius and Procyon. Located in the southern part of Lepus is a very unusual sight for this area of the sky: a globular cluster. Most globular clusters are located closer to the core of the Milky Way. There is evidence that suggests that M79 was stolen by the Milky Way from the Canis Major Dwarf galaxy.
Messier 79 is about 40,000 light years away, and is about 118 light years across.