Messier 61


Not a spectacular image, as this galaxy is pretty small for my telescope.  Spanning about 100,000 light years across and about the same size as our own Milky Way Galaxy, this grand old spiral is one of the largest in the Virgo Cluster… and one of the most active in terms of starbursts and supernovae. If you look closely at this image (click to magnify) you'll see a few other galaxies in the background, the brighter ones are above and to the right. This is a three hour exposure taken March 24, 2012,  as I was trying to sneak some imaging in before the return of the bight moon. 

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