Thursday, May 1, 2014
tagged with: star galaxies, outer space picture, deep space astronomy, hubble galaxy photography, supermassive black hole, spiral arms, seyfert ii galaxy, constellation canes venatici, hunting dog stars, m106cv, messier 106
Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series Messier 106 (also known as NGC 4258) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781. M106 is at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth. It is also a Seyfert II galaxy, which means that due to x-rays and unusual emission lines detected, it is suspected that part of the galaxy is falling into a supermassive black hole in the center.
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image code: m106cv
Image credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and R. Gendler (for the Hubble Heritage Team), J. GaBany
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