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Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy Facts

Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy is a dwarf galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 25,000 Ly light years away in the constellation of Canis Major.

The Dwarf Galaxy's location is 07h 12m 35.0 (R.A.) and -27d 40' 0 (Dec.).

The Canis Major Dwarf galaxy is so called because its small. It was only recently discovered by an International team of scientists using the Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) infrared survey. It is the nearest galaxy to our own The Milky Way Galaxy.

Whilst there might seem to be more interest in the collision merger with the Andromeda Galaxy, the Canis Major galaxy will collide with the Milky Way first in the space of about a billion years. It is already thought that the collision has begun as several globular clusters are believed to have come from the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy.

The distance to the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy is shorter than the distance to Sagittarius A*, the centre of the Milky Way. The distance to the centre is over 25,000 Lt.Yrs whereas Canis Major is 25,000 Lt. Yrs.

Fact File


NameCanis Major Dwarf Galaxy
TypeDwarf Galaxy
ConstellationCanis Major
Right Ascension07h 12m 35.0
Declination-27d 40' 0
Distance (Lt.Yr)25,000 Ly
DiscovererInternational Team of Astronomers
CoprightN.A.S.A.


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