|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||02h 41m 55.1s|
|Declination||+59° 36′ 15″|
|Redshift||-17 ± 5 km/s|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||5′.82 × 1′.57|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||16.0|
|UGCA 39, PGC 10217, Sharpless 197|
|See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies|
Maffei 2 is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 10 million light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. Maffei 2 and Maffei 1 were both discovered by Paolo Maffei in 1968 from their infrared emission. Maffei 2 lies in the Zone of Avoidance and is about 99.5% obscured by the Milky Way's foreground dust clouds, and as a result is barely detectable at optical wavelengths. It had been suggested soon after its discovery that Maffei 2 may be a member of the Local Group, but it is now thought to be a member of another nearby group, the IC 342/Maffei Group, the galaxy group that is the closest to the Local Group.
- "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for Maffei 2. Retrieved 2006-11-25.
- Karachentsev, I. D. (2005). "The Local Group and Other Neighboring Galaxy Groups". Astronomical Journal 129 (1): 178–188. arXiv:astro-ph/0410065. Bibcode:2005AJ....129..178K. doi:10.1086/426368.
- "The Hidden Galaxy". NASA. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- SIMBAD: UGCA 39 -- Galaxy
- SEDS: Spiral Galaxy Maffei 2
- Galaxies Beyond the Heart: Maffei 1 and 2 = Astronomy Picture of the Day 2010 March 9
- Maffei 2 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images
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