M79 is a Globular Cluster in Lepus.  M79 lies 41,000 Light-Years away, and 60,000 Light-Years from the Galatic Centre.  Although not very spectacular in its own right, M79 is thought not to be of our own Milky Way Galaxy, but is assoscated with the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy which is currently experiencing a very close encounter with the Milky Way—one it is unlikely to survive intact.


This is, however, a contentious subject as astronomers are still debating the nature of the Canis Major dwarf galaxy itself.





M79 "Visiting" Globular Cluster