Messier 32 – a dwarf elliptical galaxy in Andromeda

on Monday, October 17, 2016

Messier 32, M32 or NGC 221, is classified as a dwarf elliptical galaxy. It also shares to same location, and is a satellite galaxy of the famous Andromeda Galaxy (M31). So, you have probably seen this little galaxy hundreds of times, dwarfed in the splendor of the Andromeda Galaxy. It has been theorized that M32 contains a supermassive black hole in its center.
M32 has an apparent magnitude of 8.08, is about 2.5 million light-years distant and is relatively small at 8.7 arc-minutes by 6.5 arc-minutes.
This image is composed of 32 x 15 second images at ISO 3200 with additional dark and bias frames. Tech Info: Meade LX90 12” telescope, Antares Focal Reducer, and Canon 6D camera. Imaging was done on September 27, 2016.

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