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Published January 1, 1971 | Published
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Maffei 1: a New Massive Member of the Local Group?


An extensive collection of observational data is presented which indicates that the recently discovered infrared object Maffei 1 is a highly reddened giant elliptical galaxy at a distance of about 1 Mpc, and thus is probably a new massive member of the Local Group.

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© 1971 American Astronomical Society. Received 1970 November 2. We would like to thank Rudolph Minkowski for advice on the determination of the velocity dispersion, A. R. Sandage and A. Toomre for valuable discussions, Malcolm Raff for providing the Leuschner plate used in our photometry, and Gary Tuton, Henry Tye, Harvey Butcher, and Ian Glass for their assistance. This research was supported in part by National Science Foundation grants GP 14588 and GP 14356, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration grants NGL-05-002-007 and NGL-05-002-134.

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