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Messier 94

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Messier 94 or sometimes referred to as the Cat's Eye or the Croc's Eye galaxy it is a spiral galaxy with distinct inner and outer rings. Several theory's on how it came about, but no definite answer. The inner ring is around 50,000 light years in diameter with the outer ring extending adding another 30,000 light years to the diameter.The galaxy contains some 40 billion stars. Located in Canes Venatici and is around 16 million light years away. It is the primary member of the M94 galaxy group that contains 16 to 24 galaxies.

Discovered by Pierre Mechain on March 2, 1781.

Additional Info

  • Constellation: Canes Venatici
  • Right Ascension: 12h 50m 53.1s
  • Declination: +41° 07′ 14″
  • Distance (Lightyears): 16 million
  • Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera: ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
  • Magnitude: 8.9
  • Galaxy Type: (R)SA(r)ab LINER
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