the constellation Triangulum, M33 is a member of our local group
of galaxies. It is a spiral galaxy with a diameter of 60,000
light-years, which makes it much smaller than its neighbor, M31.
It is also a little farther away, at about 2,300,000 light-years
from Earth. This is an extraordinary object with well-defined
spiral arms. M33's visual magnitude of 5.7 makes it an easy
target for binoculars and small telescopes. It is best seen at