M74 The Perfect Spiral Galaxy

M74 Perfect Spiral Galaxy
M74 Perfect Spiral Galaxy
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The image of the large galaxy in Pisces called NGC 628 (or Messier 74) has been called the "Perfect Spiral Galaxy" due to its nearly ideal form, which is clearly revealed in this new image.

The instrument's first light image of the galaxy that is number 74 in Charles Messier's catalogue of celestial show-pieces (aka M74), clearly shows many features of the galaxy such as star clusters, gas clouds and dust lanes. Some of these objects are similar to what we can see in our own Milky Way with the naked eye or a small telescope on a clear moonless night. It is estimated that M74 is home to about 100 billion stars making it slightly smaller than our Milky Way.

Photo Credit: Gemini Observatory - GMOS Team