M106

Messier_106_visible_and_infrared_compositeMessier 106 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It’s about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth. Because of x-rays and unusual emission lines detected, astronomers believe that matter in the galaxy is falling into a supermassive black hole in the center. This image is a composite of x-ray (blue), visible light, infrared (red), and radio (purple) data.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and R. Gendler (for the Hubble Heritage Team). Acknowledgment: J. GaBany

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