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Messier 108
Messier 108 Surfboard Galaxy
Credit: NASA, ESA

M108 (NGC 3556) - Surfboard Galaxy

Messier 108 (NGC 3556), also known as the Surfboard Galaxy, is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major in the Ursa Major Group of galaxies. M108 is 46,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M108 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 10.7, and can be viewed with small telescope. M108 is 8.7' x 2.2' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Surfboard Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. barred spiral galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 3556
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 10.7
      1. Viewing:
      2. small telescope
      1. Size:
      2. 8.7' x 2.2'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 46,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 11h 11.6m
      1. Dec:
      2. 55 41'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Ursa Major Group

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