Messier 74 (also known as NGC 628) is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces. It is at a distance of about 32 million light-years away from Earth. The galaxy contains two clearly defined spiral arms and is therefore used as an archetypal example of a Grand Design Spiral Galaxy. The galaxy's low surface brightness makes it the most difficult Messier object for amateur astronomers to observe. This image is a 6.5 hour exposure in fair conditions taken December 7, 9 and 10, 2012. It is best to click on the image to see it full size to get more detail of the galaxy.