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Maffei 2 is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 10 million light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. Maffei 2 and Maffei 1 were both discovered by Paolo Maffei in 1968 from their infrared emission. Maffei 2 lies in the Zone of Avoidance and is about 99.5% obscured by the Milky Way's foreground dust clouds, and as a result is barely detectable at optical wavelengths. It had been suggested soon after its discovery that Maffei 2 may be a member of the Local Group, but it is now thought to be a member of another nearby group, the IC 342/Maffei Group, the galaxy group that is the closest to the Local Group.

Maffei 2
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Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Cassiopeia
Right ascension 02 41 55.1
Declination +59° 36′ 15″
Redshift -17 ± 5 km/s
Distance 9.8 Mly
Apparent magnitude  16.0
Characteristics
Type SAB(rs)bc
Apparent size  5′.82 × 1′.57
Other designations
UGCA 39, PGC 10217, Sharpless 197
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

Maffei 2 is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 10 million light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. Maffei 2 and Maffei 1 were both discovered by Paolo Maffei in 1968 from their infrared emission. Maffei 2 lies in the Zone of Avoidance and is about 99.5% obscured by the Milky Way's foreground dust clouds, and as a result is barely detectable at optical wavelengths. It had been suggested soon after its discovery that Maffei 2 may be a member of the Local Group, but it is now thought to be a member of another nearby group, the IC 342/Maffei Group, the galaxy group that is the closest to the Local Group.

Maffei 2 is the spiral galaxy near the bottom of this image.
Maffei 2 is visible in this image.

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