The IC 342/Maffei Group is one of the nearest major galaxy groups to the
Milky Way. It is only 3-4 Megaparsecs distant. In 1999, Dr. Marshall McCall
and I did a major photometric study of the group using near-infrared
images obtained with the Kitt Peak National Observatory Burrell-Schmidt
telescope. The weblink to our paper is at right.
Maffei 2 is the third most luminous member of the IC 342/Maffei
Maffei 2 image cleaned of foreground stars.
"The IC 342/Maffei Group Revealed," by Ronald J. Buta and Marshall L. McCall, Astrophysical Journal
Supplement Series, Vol. 124, p. 33, 1999