Space Motions of the Draco, Fornax, and Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies

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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP)


Because of the diffraction-limited resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), it became possible to measure proper motions of the nearby dwarf spheroidal (dSph) galaxies using imaging with time baselines of only several years. This contribution discusses the motivation for measuring proper motions; describes highlights of the observational and data-reduction techniques; and reports the proper motions and their implications for the Draco, Fornax, and Sagittarius galaxies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Slawomir Piatek
    • 1
  • Carlton Pryor
    • 2
  • Edward Olszewski
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of PhysicsNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Rutgersthe State University of New JerseyPiscatawayUSA
  3. 3.Steward ObservatoryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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