| Seldom is heard the name "
M31" (the Great Andromeda Galaxy) without
at least mentioning its closest elliptical companion, M32. This small
galaxy is around 8,000 light years across (longest dimension) and contains
a few billion stars (not that many). M32 is considered in the foreground
of its larger parent galaxy. Note that the background looks mottled in this
image. This is due to the millions of unresolved stars in the disk of
M31. (you can
even see a small HII region towards the right side of the image. Just imagine
the view of of M31 from the outskirts of M32- words would certainly fail
to describe the view.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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