Alt. Designations: NGC 221, ARP 168
Object Type: Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy
Constellation: Andromeda
Distance: 2900 kly
Right Ascension: 00h 42m 41.8s
Declination: +40° 51´ 57"
Visual Magnitude: 8.2
Apparent Dimension: 8.5´ x 6.5´
Best Month To View: Oct

M32 is one of the two small satellite galaxies of their more famous partner, M31. It is an elliptical dwarf galaxy with a diameter of only 8,000 light-years. M32 was the first elliptical galaxy to be discovered, and is the closest elliptical galaxy to us. Its close proximity gives it a visual magnitude of 8.2, which is quite bright for a galaxy. It can easily be seen with a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope.