M96, NGC 3368

The Sa spiral galaxy M96 is the second brightest member of the Leo I galaxy grouping, which includes M95 and M105, as well as various NGC and other galaxies. At a distance of about 38 million light-years, the faint outer regions just visible at the top and (particularly) the bottom of this image give M96 a total diameter of over 100000 light-years. This picture was taken in February 1996 at the KPNO 0.9-meter telescope. It has been considerably processed in order to show the inner nuclear structure in the same image as the faint outer regions. Image size 6.6 arc minutes.

Credit:
NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

About the Image

Id:noao-m96
Type:Observation
Release date:June 30, 2020, 9:33 p.m.
Size:2048 x 2048 px

About the Object

Name:M96, NGC 3368
Constellation:Leo
Category:Galaxies

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