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Galaxy M 94

M 94 is a small, active spiral galaxy. The speed of rotation of the stars around the galactic center of M 94 strongly decreases, when going further outside. This leads to the conclusion, that dark matter is lacking here nearly completely. Dark matter is what allows most other galaxies a faster rotation.

Constellation: Canes Venatici
Distance: 16 million light-years
Visual magnitude: 9.0
Diameter: 30 000 light-years
Type: Sb D

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03/01/2008

    M94
Photo: Hillary Mathis & N.A.Sharp (NOAO), AURA, NSF

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