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Galaxy M 106

This spiral galaxy shows two spiral arms in visible light. However in radio- and X-ray photographs, two additional arms appear. Whereas the first two arms contain young, hot stars, the others are composed of gas compressed by shock waves.

Constellation: Canes Venatici
Distance: 23.5 million light-years
Visual magnitude: 9.6
Diameter: 30 000 light-years
Type: Sbc

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    Galaxy M 106
In blue are the two gas arms in radio and X-ray light.
Photo: X-ray: Andrew Wilson (UMCP) et al., NASA, CXC
Optical: DSS / IR: NASA, JPL-Caltech / Radio: NRAO, AUI, NSF

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