ngc 1569 dwarf galaxy with blueshift in camelopardalis

ngc 1569 xray galaxy in camelopardalis

NGC 1569 is a dwarf irregular galaxy in Camelopardalis. While this faint galaxy is not a popular amateur astronomy target, it is well studied by professional astronomers, who are interested in the history of star formation within the galaxy. The galaxy is relatively nearby. Consequently, the Hubble Space Telescope can easily resolve the stars within the galaxy.[3] The distance to the galaxy was previously believed to be only 2.4 Mpc (7.8 Mly).[2] However, in 2008 scientists studying images from Hubble calculated the galaxy's distance at nearly 11 million light-years away, about 4 million light-years farther than previous thought.[4][5]

Star formation

NGC 1569 contains two prominent super star clusters with different histories.[3][6] Both clusters have experienced episodic star formation. Super star cluster A, located in the northwest of the galaxy, contains young stars (including Wolf-Rayet stars) that formed less than 5 million years ago as well as older red stars.[6][7] Super star cluster B, located near the center of the galaxy, contains an older stellar population of red giants and red supergiants.[3][6][7] Both of these star clusters are thought to have masses equivalent to the masses of the globular clusters in the Milky Way. Numerous smaller star clusters with relatively young ages have also been identified.[3] These results, along with the results from other dwarf galaxies such as the Large Magellanic Cloud and NGC 1705, demonstrate that star formation in dwarf galaxies does not occur continuously but instead occurs in a series of short, nearly instantaneous bursts.


NGC 1569 is exceptional in that its spectrum is blueshifted.[1] This means that the galaxy is moving towards the Earth. In contrast, the spectra of most other galaxies are redshifted because of the expansion of the universe.