Contains: NGC 4328, NGC 4322, M 100, NGC 4321
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M100 - Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices

Technical card

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

Mount: apt1200gto AP1200

Guiding camera: QSI 583wsg

Software: CCD Autopilot 5

Resolution: 1500x1082

Dates: April 2, 2011

Frames: 46x600"

Integration: 7.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 28.54 days

Avg. Moon phase: 1.11%

Astrometry.net job: 1511934

RA center: 185.728 degrees

DEC center: 15.822 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.881 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -89.309 degrees

Field radius: 0.226 degrees

Locations: ImagingInfinity Observatory, Bethune, SC, United States

Description

M100 is considered to be one of the brightest members of the Virgo cluster of galaxies. It's strong spiral structure is though to be heavily influenced by three smaller nearby galaxies shown in this image. Spiral galaxies with prominent arms such as M100 are know as "Grand Design" galaxies.

In 2006, a supernova erupted in M100.

M100 lies at a distance of approximately 60 million light-years.

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M100 - Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices, Hap Griffin