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M 66

Spiralna galaksija - Spiral Galaxy M66 (NGC 3627), type Sb, in leo

in the Leo Triplett

Rektascenzija 11 : 20.2 (u:m)
Deklinacija +12 : 59 (sto:m)
Razdalja 35000 (*1000 sv.l.)
Vizual. magnituda 8.9 (mag)
Zorni kot 8x2.5 (loc min)

M66, together with its neighbors M65 and NGC 3628, forms a most conspicuous triplet of galaxies, the Leo Triplett or M66 group, located at a distance of about 35 million light years.

M66 is considerably larger than its neighbor, M65, and has a well developed but not well defined central bulge, and is therefore classified Sb. Obviously its spiral arms are deformed, probably because of the encounters with its neighbors. They seem to be distorted and displaced above the plane of the galaxy. Note how one of the spiral arms seems to pass over the left side of the central bulge. Much dust is visible here, as well as a few pink nebulae, signs of star formation, near the end of one of the arms.

This image was obtained by David Malin with the Anglo Australian Telescope.

Four supernovae have appeared in this galaxy:

  • Vec posnetkov M66
  • Amaterski pos. M66
  • Vec posnetkov M65 and M66, sometimes including NGC 3628 (the whole Leo Triplett)

    Povzeto po:
    Hartmut Frommert (spider@seds.org)
    Christine Kronberg (smil@lrz.uni-muenchen.de)

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