NGC 7331 and Stephan’s Quintet in Pegasus
NGC 7331 shines at 9.5mag in the constellation of Pegasus at a distance of 47 million light-years. With an aparent size of nearly 10′, its true diameter measures about 130’000 light-years, which is about the same size as the great Andromeda galaxy M31, bigger then our Milky Way.
Only about 1/2° south-west, a group of five smaller galaxies can be found, the Stephan’s Quintet, also known as Hickson 92 or Arp 319. NGC 7320, the bluish member of this group, seems to be related to NGC 7331, while the other four galaxies are recendig at the same speed and are therefore assumed to be gravitationally bound to each other.
[description from O’Meara]
Finder Chart NGC 7331 and Stephan’s Quintet in Pegasus
Image created by Skychart
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