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|Description:||M 101 is an asymmetric spiral galaxy because its core is displaced from the center of its disk. Halton Arp called it a "Spiral with One Heavy Arm". The Chandra orbiting, X-Ray Observatory has recently found a possible new class of x-ray sources in M 101. These could be intermediate-sized black holes.
There are two other members of the M 101 Group visible in this image. Click here to see them identified.
|Distance:||~27 million light years|
|Date:||26-28 january 2006|
|Equipment:||FSQ @ f/5, ST2000XM, MI-250|
|Exposure:||LRGB: 150-90-60-45 minutes|