Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Arms of M106
Posted on 02/06/2013 8:04:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: The spiral arms of bright galaxy M106 sprawl through this remarkable multiframe portrait, composed of data from ground- and space-based telescopes. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 can be found toward the northern constellation Canes Venatici. The well-measured distance to M106 is 23.5 million light-years, making this cosmic scene about 80,000 light-years across. Typical in grand spiral galaxies, dark dust lanes, youthful blue star clusters, and pinkish star forming regions trace spiral arms that converge on the bright nucleus of older yellowish stars. But this detailed composite reveals hints of two anomalous arms that don't align with the more familiar tracers. Seen here in red hues, sweeping filaments of glowing hydrogen gas seem to rise from the central region of M106, evidence of energetic jets of material blasting into the galaxy's disk. The jets are likely powered by matter falling into a massive central black hole.
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[Credits -- Image Data: Hubble Legacy Archive, Robert Gendler, Jay Gabany, Processing Robert Gendler]
Messier 106 doesn't look messy, it looks pretty.
Thank you for the post. Yet another piece of beauty personified in our universe.
Another beautiful photo!
Thanks so much, SunkenCiv!
That is a fascinating, chaotic, and complicated galaxy, Mr. Civilizations.
At least they stopped calling the blue ones “hot young stars” as if they were talking about American Idol or something.
This galaxy has everything.