M106, a Seyfert Galaxy with a Supermassive Black Hole

Messier 106 (also known as NGC 4258) is an intermediate spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781. M106 is at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth. An unusual central glow makes M106 one of the closest examples of the Seyfert class of galaxies, where vast amounts of glowing gas are thought to be falling into a central massive black hole.

Detail of M106 and NGC4248

Telescope: 16″ f3.75 Dream Scope
Camera: FLI ML16803
Mount: ASA DDM85
Exposure: 11 hours (66x300s L +  3x22x300s RGB)
Date: January – March 2018
Location: Southern Alps, France


M106 and surroundings

3 Replies to “M106, a Seyfert Galaxy with a Supermassive Black Hole”

  1. That is a beautiful frame, and awsome editing.

    I think I have been examining this photo for 10 min now just trying to grasp the detail and galaxys in the frame. Amazing.

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