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NGC 221 (M32)

M 32 is an elliptical galaxy in the Andromeda Constellation and is about 2.5 million light years away from Earth. M 32 is a satellite galaxy of the much larger spiral Andromeda Galaxy. The Andromeda Galaxy is the only object seen by he naked eye that is outside of the Milky Way Galaxy. Guillaume Le Gentil discovered M 32 in 1749, and was resolved by Walter Baade in 1944. This galaxy contains older red and yellow stars;however, it contains heavy elements that indicate a relatively young age. Scientists belive that much older stars were mixed with newer stars to create the mixture M 32 contains.No new stars are in formation. M 32 contains a supermassive black hole.

M 32 has a very bright core which was created by tidal effects that led to a large star burst near the core which caused it to become very dense. Part of the nearby Andromeda Galaxy is visible in the right hand side of the photo. The spiral arms and dust clouds are visible. The galaxy is a dwarf eliptical galaxy which indicates a bulge of color, M 32 is very bright and has a linear size of 8,000 light years.


E. Halderson, 1998. IAU Circular No. 7004

Right Ascension (J2000) 00:41:47, 00:41:47, 00:43:36, 00:43:36
Declination (J2000) 40:15:10,40:58:40, 40:45:10, 40:58:40
Filters used C (Clear)
Exposure time per filter (60s x 1)
Date observed October 19, 2011



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