Spiral Galaxy in Leo

Messier 95 and its neighbor Messier 96 are a pair of spiral galaxies about 2/3 of a degree apart, both of which are bright enough to be see in even small telescopes. Messier 95 is a good example of a barred spiral, and aside from its bright nucleus, its most prominent feature is its wide central bar. Both galaxies are estimated to be about 30 million light years away.

Magnitude 9.7
Apparent Size 7' x 5'
Distance (light yrs) 30 million
Right Ascension 10:44.0
Declination +11 42

Image details:  10 images, each 300 seconds at ISO 1600, taken with a Canon 400D camera through a Meade 12” telescope at f/10. 

April 2010