This galaxy was first considered a Local Group member candidate by Yahil et.al. (1977). However, current distance estimates have put it out to 5.8 million light-years, well to the outer edges of the group, or even beyond. Its radial velocity of only 30 km/s in recession, on the other hand, would be an argument in favor of group membership. Anyway, this dwarf galaxy floats quite lonely in an otherwise quite empty region of intergalactic space.
Our image of IC 5152 was obtained by David Malin and is copyrighted © Australian Astronomical Observatory.
Last Modification: March 14, 1998