10 june 2021

The spiral galaxy M106

A  swirling disc of stars and gas, the appearance of M106 (NGC4258) is dominated by blue spiral arms formed of hot stars, dotted with red hydrogen nebulae and dark dust bands near the core that is believed to house a black hole of 50 solar masses. This beautiful spiral galaxy located 23.5 million light years away, spans 60,000 light years, and can be seen with a small telescope in the constellation Canes Venaciti. This photograph was taken by the students of the master's degree in Space Sciences at Uliège with the TRAPPIST-North telescope.

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