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M106 - Spiral Galaxy


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         Object M106 - Spiral Galaxy
         Comment M106 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici. The galaxy was first discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1781, who was a colleague of Charles Messier. The galaxy's large faint arms are dotted with interesting blue clusters of stars and pink HII knots of nebulosity. Through x-ray and emission line research, it is suspected that the galaxy is falling into a massive blackhole near its center. M106 is approximately 24 million light years away. To the lower left of M106, is the spiral galaxy NGC4248, while above M106 is the faint galaxy PGC39615.

This image is a synth-L,RGB composite.
         Optics Takahashi TOA-150 F/7 (1050mm FL)
         Camera SBIG ST10XME (NABG) - 1x1 bin (image scale: 1.33 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Paramount GT1100s
         Exposure Total exposure time: 2.5 hours (R:50min,G:50min,B:50min)
         Date 05/06/2008


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