NGC 5128: The Giant Beneath

  title={NGC 5128: The Giant Beneath},
  author={Gretchen L. H. Harris},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia},
  pages={475 - 481}
  • G. Harris
  • Published 27 April 2010
  • Physics
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Abstract This paper reviews what has been learned about the old stellar population of NGC 5128, the only large elliptical galaxy close enough that we can currently observe individual stars as faint as the horizontal branch. Although its galaxy type is still a matter of debate, the uncertainties over distance are now largely resolved; comparison of five stellar distance indicators gives d= 3.8±0.1 Mpc. The globular cluster system, which was once perplexingly invisible, is now known to be… 

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