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M32 - NGC 221 - Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy


Messier 32 (M32) is a Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy located in the constellation Andromeda. It is a bright satellite galaxy of M31, the Andromeda Galaxy. It is one of the closest elliptical galaxies to us and therefore has been the subject of extensive study. M32 is located about 2.49 million light years from earth and is approximately 6,500 light years long. Both M32 and another satellite galaxy, M110, can be easily seen in most images of the Andromeda Galaxy. The Andromeda Galaxy has 14 known satellite galaxies. M32 was discovered by G. Le Gentil in 1749.

Location Data
Constellation: Andromeda
Right ascension: 0h 42.8m
Declination: 40° 52′
Distance:  2,490,000 ly
Size:  6,500 ly

Observation Data
Apparent magnitude: 8.1
Apparent size: 8 arcmins

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