Leo A

Leo A Hubble WikiSky
Leo A captured by the Hubble Space Telescope

Observation Data
Epoch: J2000
Constellation: Leo
Right Ascension: 09h 59m 26.4s
Declination: +30° 44′ 47″
Apparent Dimensions (V): 5′.1 × 3′.1
Apparent Magnitude (V): 12.9[1]
Absolute Magnitude (V): -12.87[1]
Type: IBm[1]
Helio Radial Velocity: 20 ± 4 km/s
Redshift: 0.000067
Galactocentric Velocity: -21 ± 4 km/s
Distance: 2.25 ± 0.20 Mly (690 ± 60 kpc)[2][3]
Other Designations
Leo III, UGC 5364, DDO 69, PGC 28868[1]

Leo A ( also known as Leo III ) is an irregular galaxy that is part of the Local Group. It lies 2.25 million light-years from Earth. This galaxy was discovered by Fritz Zwicky in 1942.[4] The estimated mass of this galaxy is (8.0 ± 2.7) × 107 solar masses, with at least 80% consisting of an unknown dark matter.[5] It is one of the most isolated galaxies in the local group and shows no indications of an interaction or merger for several billion years. The presence of RR Lyrae variables shows that the galaxy has an old stellar population that is up to 10 billion years in age.[6]

The neutral hydrogen in this galaxy occupies in a volume similar to its optical extent, and is distributed in a squashed, uneven ring. The galaxy is not rotating and the hydrogen is moving about in random clumps. The proportion of elements with higher atomic numbers than helium is only about 1-2% of the ratio in the Sun. This indicates a much lower rate of stellar evolution than in the Milky Way galaxy. The Leo A galaxy shows sign of increased star formation some time within the last billion years, although the current level is low. There are four H II regions powered by short-lived, O-class stars.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. Results for Leo A. Retrieved on 2006-11-19.
  2. I. D. Karachentsev, V. E. Karachentseva, W. K. Hutchmeier, D. I. Makarov (2004). "A Catalog of Neighboring Galaxies". Astronomical Journal 12745345 (4): 2031–2068. DOI:10.1086/382905.
  3. Karachentsev, I. D.; Kashibadze, O. G. (2006). "Masses of the local group and of the M81 group estimated from distortions in the local velocity field". Astrophysics 49 (1): 3–18. DOI:10.1007/s10511-006-0002-6.
  4. Zwicky, F (April 1942). "On the Large Scale Distribution of Matter in the Universe". Physical Review 61 (7–8): 489–503. DOI:10.1103/PhysRev.61.489.
  5. Brown, Warren R. (September 2007). "Stellar Velocity Dispersion of the Leo A Dwarf Galaxy". The Astrophysical Journal 666 (1): 231–235. DOI:10.1086/519547.
  6. Vansevičius, Vladas (August 2008). "The Full-fledged Dwarf Irregular Galaxy Leo A". The Astrophysical Journal 611 (2): L93–L96. DOI:10.1086/423802.
  7. Young, L. M.; Lo, K. Y. (1996). "The Neutral Interstellar Medium in Nearby Dwarf Galaxies. I. Leo A". Astrophysical Journal 462: 203–214. DOI:10.1086/177141.

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Coordinates: Sky map 09h 59m 26.4s, +30° 44′ 47″

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