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Circinus Galaxy

The spiral galaxy lies near the galactic plain and therefore wasn't discovered until 1975. Its center is surrounded by two rings with 130 and 700 light-years radius, the latter being a tremendous starburst region.

Constellation: Circinus
Distance: 15 million light-years
Visual magnitude: 9.84
Diameter: 140 000 light-years
Type: Sb Seyfert 2

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03/07/2006

    Circinus Galaxie
Photo: Andrew S. Wilson (U. Maryland) et al., WFPC2, HST, NASA

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