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IC 342

(Caldwell 5)
(spiral galaxy in the Council of Giants)

Galaxy 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).

Further reading:
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.00083.30Mpc10.7MlyIC 342
Coordinates:IC 342

Referenced by pages:
Council of Giants
Index Catalog (IC)