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Messier 106

Messier 106 is an intermediate spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was discovered by Pierre M├ęchain in 1781. M106 is at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years from Earth. Due to x-rays and unusual emission lines detected, it is suspected that part of the galaxy is falling into a supermassive black hole in the center.

Photograph: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team, and R. Gendler

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