Alt. Designations: NGC 598
Object Type: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Triangulum
Distance: 3000 kly
Right Ascension: 01h 33m 51.9s
Declination: +30° 39´ 29"
Visual Magnitude: 5.7
Apparent Dimension: 68.7´ x 41.6´
Best Month To View: Nov

Located in 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 low power.