Parts of Messier 106

Messier 106, also known as NGC 4258, is a relatively nearby spiral galaxy, a little over 20 million light-years away. This makes it one of the nearest spiral galaxies.

Despite carrying his name, Messier 106 was neither discovered nor catalogued by the renowned 18th-century astronomer Charles Messier. Discovered by his assistant, Pierre Méchain, the galaxy was never added to the Messier catalogue in his lifetime. Along with six other objects discovered but not logged by the pair, Messier 106 was posthumously added to the catalogue in the 20th century.

An image of this galaxy was already released back in 2013 (heic1302). This newly-processed image now also shows ultraviolet radiation Hubble captured from the galaxy.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the LEGUS team

About the Image

Id:heic1810f
Type:Observation
Release date:17 May 2018, 19:00
Related releases:heic1810
Size:2475 x 2471 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 106
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:20 million light years
Constellation:Canes Venatici
Category:Galaxies

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 19 0.10
Position (Dec):47° 17' 34.62"
Field of view:1.63 x 1.63 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 25.2° right of vertical


Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
UV
275 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
B
438 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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