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Messier 32

Messier 32 (also known as NGC 221 and[http:// Le Gentil Le Gentil]) is a dwarf elliptical galaxy about 2.65 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. M32 is a satellite galaxy of the famous Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and was discovered by Le Gentil in 1749. M32 measures only 6.5 ± 0.2 kly in diameter at the widest point. Like most elliptical galaxies, M32 contains mostly older faint red and yellow stars with practically no dust or gas and consequently no current star formation. It does, however, show hints of star formation in the relatively recent past.

The structure and stellar content of M32 is difficult to explain by traditional galaxy formation models. Recent simulations suggest a new scenario in which the strong tidal field of M31 can transform a spiral galaxy into a compact elliptical. As a small spiral galaxy falls into the central parts of M31, most of the outer layers of the smaller spiral are stripped away. The central bulge of the galaxy is much less affected and retains its morphology. Tidal effects trigger a massive star burst in the core, resulting in the high density of M32 we observe today.There is also evidence that M32 has an outer disk. M32 contains a supermassive black hole. Its mass has been estimated to lie between 1.5 and 5 million solar masses.

HistoryEdit

The messier 32 galaxy was explored around 2145 and colonized around 2156. The galaxy has around 100,000 worlds,8 sectors,and six regions. 20% of these planets are able to support lifeand less then 10% have life and less then 10% of those world have intelligent life.

RegionsEdit

Quilim

Reiel

Doris

Fossolm

Sol

Aquarea

SectorsEdit

Crane

Cranis

Fregres

Aweres

Ehythis

Botesis

Wyfregres

Reodis