Wide View of Spiral Galaxy Messier 106

This image of the spiral galaxy Messier 106, or NGC 4258, was taken with the Nicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. A popular target for amateur astronomers, Messier 106 can also be spotted with a small telescope in the constellation Canes Venatici. This view captures the entire galaxy, detailing the glowing spiral arms, wisps of gas, and dust lanes at the center of Messier 106 as well as the leisurely twisting bands of stars at the galaxy’s outer edges. Two dwarf galaxies also appear in the image: NGC 4248 is to the lower right of Messier 106, and UGC 7358 is the left of Messier 106.

Explore the details of these galaxies and even more background galaxies by diving into the zoomable version of this image.

Credit:

KPNO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Acknowledgment: PI: M.T. Patterson (New Mexico State University)
Image processing: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), M. Zamani & D. de Martin

About the Image

Id:noirlab2112b
Type:Observation
Release date:March 16, 2021, noon
Related releases:noirlab2112
Size:7426 x 7127 px

About the Object

Name:M106, NGC 4258
Constellation:Canes Venatici
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 18 55.98
Position (Dec):47° 18' 17.97"
Field of view:32.37 x 31.06 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.0° right of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
U
355 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic I
Optical
B
438 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic I
Optical
R
651 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic I
Optical
H-alpha
657 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic I