|M98 is one of the many members of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies around
40-50 million light years away. Generally the expansion of the universe
provides a good method for measuring galaxies at this distance- however M98
has a large velocity within the Virgo Cluster and instead of redshifted
light the galaxy is one of a few blueshifted examples. This means that
we observe the net velocity towards us due to the addition of the its
recessional velocity and its intrinsic velocity in the cluster.
The high inclination of the galaxy severely dims many of the starforming regions in the disk. A face-on view might reveal a galaxy similar to M106. Due to the paucity of guide stars for this object- it was not possible to better center the image.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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