The Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
21(4) 371 - 374
Published: 22 November 2004
AbstractRecent observational evidence suggests that the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy represents the only major ongoing accretion event in the Galactic halo, accounting for the majority of stellar debris identified there. This paper summarises the recent discovery of another potential Milky Way accretion event, the Canis Major dwarf galaxy. This dwarf satellite galaxy is found to lie just below the Galactic plane and appears to be on an equatorial orbit. Unlike Sagittarius, which is contributing to the Galactic halo, the location and eventual demise of Canis Major suggests that it represents a building block of the thick disk.
Keywords: Galaxy: structure — Galaxy: evolution — galaxies: dwarf
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