Have a Stellar Holiday (M106)

Have a Stellar Holiday (M106)

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News release ID: STScI-2013-06
Release Date: Nov 21, 2013
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

Working with astronomical image processors at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., renowned astrophotographer Robert Gendler has taken science data from the Hubble Space Telescope archive and combined it with his own ground-based observations to assemble a photo illustration of the magnificent spiral galaxy M106.

This portrait of M106 contains only the inner structure around the halo and nucleus of this Seyfert II active galaxy. Large amounts of gas from the galaxy are thought to be falling into and fueling a supermassive black hole contained in the nucleus. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 lies 23.5 million light-years away, in the constellation Canes Venatici.

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Tags
Active Galaxies/Quasars, Artwork, Astronomical, Galaxies, Hubble Heritage, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations

Credits

NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and R. Gendler (for the Hubble Heritage Team);
Acknowledgment: J. GaBany