Messier 106 & NGC 4217

M 106

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Location / Date

Zellerndorf, 26., 27. und 28. March, 12. April 2012

Telescope / Mount / Guiding

10" f4,7 Newtonian, NEQ6, Lacerta Mgen + OAG, Baader MPCC

Camera / Exposure

Canon EOS 500Da, 41 x 20min ISO 200 (total 13h 40min)


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Messier 106 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici and at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth.

It is also a Seyfert II galaxy, which means that due to x-rays and unusual emission lines detected, it is suspected that part of the galaxy is falling into a supermassive black hole in the center. NGC 4217 is a possible companion galaxy of Messier 106.

Published in "Interstellarum" Nr. 85 (December/January 2013)

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