(spiral galaxy in the Council of Giants)
IC 342 (Caldwell 5) is
one of the Council of Giants.
It is a spiral galaxy that
is somewhat obscured by dust
in the Milky Way's galactic plane.
Current distance estimates vary,
in the range of 7 to 11 Mly.
It is considered part of group around two major galaxies
(perhaps similar to the Local Group) called the
IC 342/Maffei Group, the other major
member being Maffei 1 (PGC 9892).
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Council of Giants