| M101 is an extremely large "Grand Design" spiral galaxy. Even
at a distance of 27 million light years away, it still sprawls its
170,000 light year diameter across a large patch of sky. This image
only shows the central third of its countenance. Many of the bright
star forming regions
in the spiral arms have their own NGC designations. Also note the myriad
of background galaxies that can be seen in various places through the
disk. Click here for the FULL RESOLUTION image.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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