||M61 is one of the major members of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. It
is comparable in size to our own galaxy. Though a barred spiral, deep images
such as this make the bar in the nucleus of the galaxy less obvious. This galaxy
has an extraordinary number of star forming regions (HII, pink areas). An image
with greater resolution would certainly show even more evidence of active
star formation. At distance of 60 million light years away M61 seems to float
in the foreground of several distant galaxies.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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