Show full image

This image shows the M106 galaxy. It is located in the constellation Canes Venatici, just below the Big Dippers handle. It is of the Seyfert II type, which means that it resembles a quasar. It is believed that the inner parts of the galaxy are falling into a supermassive black hole located in the center of the galaxy, as it emits strong radiation in certain specific wavelengths. Among other things, it emits microwave radiation of a specific frequency (22 GHz) with an intensity that is in the order of 1 000 times greater than that of the sun. This is considered to indicate that it has a so-called accretion disk, which consists of material that circles around and gradually falls into the central black hole in the center of the galaxy.

The picture was taken with about 4 hours of collection time during one night when I let the telescope go by itself while I slept. Fortunately, the weather was cooperative and this went well. The image was taken without a filter and processed in Astro Pixel Processor, Star Tools and Gimp.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *