A ghostly galaxy lacking dark matter

Esahubble_heic1806a_1024

esahubble_heic1806a March 28th, 2018

Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. van Dokkum (Yale University)

NGC 1052-DF2 resides about 65 million light-years away in the NGC 1052 Group, which is dominated by a massive elliptical galaxy called NGC 1052. This large, fuzzy-looking galaxy is so diffuse that astronomers can clearly see distant galaxies behind it. This ghostly galaxy is not well-formed. It does not look like a typical spiral galaxy, but it does not look like an elliptical galaxy either. Based on the colours of its globular clusters, the galaxy is about 10 billion years old. However, even the globular clusters are strange: they are twice as large as typical groups of stars. All of these oddities pale in comparison to the weirdest aspect of this galaxy: NGC 1052-DF2 is missing most, if not all, of its dark matter. The galaxy contains only a tiny fraction of dark matter that astronomers would expect for a galaxy this size. But how it formed is a complete mystery. Hubble took this image on 16 November 2017 using its Advanced Camera for Surveys.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1806a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

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Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 1052-DF2
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy
Esahubble_heic1806a_1280
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ID
heic1806a
Subject Category
C.5  
Subject Name
NGC 1052-DF2
Credits
NASA, ESA, and P. van Dokkum (Yale University)
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1806a/
Type
Observation
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Instrument
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Bandpass
Central Wavelength
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Integration Time
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Notes
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Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
3000.0, 2000.0
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FITS Header
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Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic1806a
Metadata Date
2018-03-30T20:31:30.681431
Metadata Version
1.1
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