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Messier 106
Messier 106
Credit: NASA, ESA

M106 (NGC 4258)

Messier 106 (NGC 4258) is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici in the CVn II Group of galaxies. M106 is 23,700,000 light years away from Earth.

M106 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 8.4, and can be viewed with binoculars. M106 is 18.6' x 7.2' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. spiral galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 4258
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.4
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 18.6' x 7.2'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 23,700,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 12h 18.9m
      1. Dec:
      2. 47 19'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. CVn II Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.