M32 is a dwarf elliptical galaxy
that is a satellite of the Great Andromeda Galaxy. It is only about
6.5 thousand light years in diameter. Like most elliptical galaxies,
it is comprised of primarily older stars, rich in heavy elements.
Little or no star formation is taking place within it.
M32 was first discovered by Le Gentil
in 1749 and was cataloged by Charles Messier in 1764.