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February 5, 2013 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-06

Amateur and Professional Astronomers Team Up to Create a Cosmological Masterpiece


Image: M106, Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici

M106, Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici

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This multiframe, mosaic, wide-field image of M106 was created as an experiment in using the Hubble Legacy Archive as a clearing house for Hubble Space Telescope data of the galaxy. WFC3, ACS, and WFPC2 Hubble data of the nucleus and inner spiral arms were combined with ground-based red-green-blue images of M106 taken by astrophotographers Robert Gendler and Jay GaBany. Their 12.5-inch and 20-inch telescopes are located at very dark, remote sites in New Mexico. The Hubble Legacy Archive provides public access to Hubble data. Gendler processed the Hubble and ground-based images into this stunning view of the galaxy. The image is also being released at Gendler's astro imaging website at: .

Object Names: M106, NGC 4258

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: R. Gendler

Acknowledgment: J. GaBany


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