Contains: M 106, NGC 4258
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M106 - Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venetici

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Planewave CDK 12,5'' 12.5 CDK

Imaging camera: QSI 583wsg

Mount: apt1200gto AP1200

Software: CCD Autopilot 5

Resolution: 1100x771

Dates: Feb. 13, 2010

Frames: 35x600"

Integration: 5.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 28.98 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.34%

Astrometry.net job: 1511799

RA center: 184.740 degrees

DEC center: 47.307 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.263 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -89.918 degrees

Field radius: 0.236 degrees

Locations: ImagingInfinity Observatory, Bethune, SC, United States

Description

M106 is a Seyfert Galaxy indicating that it has a very active core which is emitting copious energy in the radio spectrum. A massive black hole exists in its center and the ring of hot matter spiraling into it creates two jets of material, one below the plane of the galaxy and another above the plane...neither of which is visible in this photograph.

The more distant galaxy at lower right is 12th magnitude edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4248.

M106 lies at a distance of 24 million light-years.

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M106 - Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venetici, Hap Griffin