Object name: ARP168
Designation(s): ARP168, M032,
M32 is Number 168 in Arp's peculiar galaxy atlas. That puts it in his Galaxies (not classifiable as S or E): Diffuse counter-tails. How many times have you seen this companion to M31 yet not seen the counter-tail? Yeah, me neither. Arp's comment to this one: "Faint diffuse plume curved away from M31's disk." Odd Arp would consider it neither Elliptical or Spiral. Every source I checked classed it as a compact elliptical galaxy, most saying cE2. The "c" for compact. Most sources say much of its outer halo has been stripped away by the tidal forces of M32 yet the counter tail remains, albeit very faintly. If you blow up the image some of the stars of M32 are resolved around the left and bottom edges. At least I think they are members of M32 rather than M31. Blue M31 stars are seen along the right and top edges of M32 however.
Related Designation(s):1RXS J004242.8+405156, 2MASS J00424182+4051547, 2MASX J00424182+4051546, 2MASXi J0042418+405154, ARK 012, ARP 168, ARP168, BMW-HRI J004242.0+405154, CGCG 0039.9+4036, CGCG 535-016, CXO J004241.8+405155, HDCE 0029 NED002, HOLM 017B, IRAS 00399+4035, KTG 01B, LDCE 0031 NED006, LGG 011:[G93] 008, M032, MCG +07-02-015, MESSIER 032, MESSIER 032:[YLS2015] R1, NGC 0221, NGC 0221:[RW2000] X-02, NSA 127578, PGC 002555, RX J0042.6+4052, RX J0042.7+4051, RX J0042.7+4051:[BEV98] 005, UGC 00452, UZC J004241.8+405154, [SHP97] 188, [SPB93] 009,