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Messier 106

(M106, NGC 4258)
(spiral galaxy with maser)

Messier 106 (M106 or NGC 4258) is a spiral galaxy about 24 million light-years distant. It is a Seyfert galaxy with a detected supermassive black hole. It also features a substantial water maser, classifying it as a megamaser galaxy. It hosts Cepheid variables that have been particularly useful in developing the cosmic distance ladder.


(galaxy,spiral,Seyfert)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_106
RedshiftParsecs
/Distance
Lightyears
/Lookback Years
  
.00177.30Mpc23.7MlyMessier 106
Coordinates:M106
J121857.5+471814

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