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IC 342/Maffei Group Page of
Dr. Ronald J. Buta, Professor of Astronomy
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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 Group.

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

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