M32 - Andromeda Satellite Elliptical Galaxy

M32 - Dwarf  Elliptical Galaxy

This type E2 Elliptical Galaxy in Andromeda is a dwarf companion to the Great Andromeda Galaxy (M31).  This galaxy is  approximately 2.9 million light years distant and is a member of the Local Group of galaxies.  Its mass is only approximately 8 billion solar masses.  Our Milky Way Galaxy contains approximately 100 billion solar masses.  More information about this galaxy can be found at The Messier Index - M32.  This image was captured on 25 October 1997 and is a composite of 6 fifteen-second exposures.  

This image was taken on 3 December 1996 and represents one of my earlier CCD imaging attempts.

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