Elliptical galaxy in Andromeda 

The bright oval at the upper right in this image is Messier 32, a companion of the much larger Andromeday Galaxy (Messier 31) that fills most of the frame. Messier 32 is bright enough to be seen in binoculars, just to the south of the nucleus of Messier 31. Both of these galaxies are over 2 million light years away.

The bluish patch to the upper left in this image is a star forming region in one of the spiral arms of Messier 31. Because it is bright and distict, early astronomers gave it a separate designation, NGC 206.

Magnitude 8.2
Apparent Size 8' x 6'
Distance (light yrs) 2.3 million
Right Ascension 0:42.7
Declination +40 52

Image details:  11 images, each 150 seconds at ISO 1600 with a Canon 400D camera through a Meade 12” telescope at f/5.4. 

November 2009