Elliptical galaxy M32

The brighter and closer elliptical companion of the Andromeda galaxy, also known as NGC 221. This is the inner half of a V-band CCD image taken in twilight (15 seconds' exposure) at the prime focus of the 4-meter Mayall telescope of Kitt Peak National Observatory. North is at the top and east to the left, for direct comparison with a chart or eyepiece view. The center of M31 is to the north. This area subtends 7.3 arcminutes, and is shown with a logarithmic intensity mapping. Even so, the bright nucleus of M32 (probably the highest stellar density known in the entire Local Group) saturates the display.

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