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Le Gentil

M32, NGC 221

Proper NameLe Gentil
Messier NumberM32
NGC/IC NumberNGC 221
ConstellationAndromeda
Right Ascension0h 43m 50s
Declination+40° 58' 40"
Distancec.2,500,000 light years
c.760,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +7.9
Absolute: -16.5
DiameterApparent: 7.7'
Actual: 5,600 light years
Hubble TypeE2 Elliptical
Optimum VisibilityOctober

A small elliptical galaxy that has an almost spherical shape. With M110, it is one of two companion galaxies to the much larger Andromeda spiral.

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