|Description: M106 is a bright, nearby galaxy, about 21-25 million light years distant. Bright star-forming knots and open clusters stand out in the image (the brightest few are foreground stars), marking out the spiral arms. Dark dust clouds also provide contrast to the image.
Image information: 180 x 10s unfiltered exposures, stacked and combined. A mild unsharp mask (r=3, 40% and r=6, 30%) have been used to bring out detail. The image has been gamma enhanced for clarity. Image taken: 02/03/2007 00:30-01:10.
Physical information: mag. 9.1, size 17.4'x6.6', pa 150 deg, classification SBbc, aka. NGC4258
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