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Galaxy M 77

The spiral galaxy has a fast rotating central region with a diameter of 6000 light-years. This spins about three times faster than regions a bit further outside. So the galaxy winds itself up. After maybe 100 million years (which isn't long for a galaxy) M 77 won't be recognizable any more.

Constellation: Cetus
Distance: 52 - 60 million light-years
Visual magnitude: 8.91
Diameter: 170 000 light-years
Type: Sb Seyfert

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