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M106

M106 is an unexpected jewel for spiral galaxies. The brightest portions of the galaxy (center) show tremendous activity of star formation between the darker clouds of gas. One such cloud seems to rise out of the disk like a wall and prevents us from seeing directly into the nucleus. This galaxy is estimated to be around 21 million light years away.

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Last Updated: 24-Feb-2014

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Equipment

20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Both deconvolution and DDP were used to create this image.

Luminance = 105 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Adrian Zsilavec and Michelle Qualls/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF