Fornax system

Fornax system

A dwarf elliptical galaxy that is a member of the Local Group.

Fornax system

[′fȯr‚naks ‚sis·təm]
(astronomy)
A dwarf elliptical galaxy in the Local Group, about 460,000 light-years (2.7 × 1018 miles or 4.4 × 1018 kilometers) distant, having a diameter of about 1600 light-years (9 × 1015 miles or 1.5 × 1016 kilometers) and a mass and luminosity about 7 × 106 that of the sun.
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Because they are farther away than the Sculptor and Fornax systems, they appear smaller and fainter.