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Galaxy NGC 5746

This spiral was the first where its halo could be made visible. The halo is a remnant of its date of origin.

Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 100 million light-years
Visual magnitude: 12.3
Diameter: circa 150 000 light-years
Type: Sb

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    NGC 5746
The spiral is photographed in visible light, the halo in x-rays.
Photo: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U. Copenhagen/K.Pedersen et al; Optical: Palomar DSS

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