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It lies at a distance of about 2.4 million light years and is about 50,000 light years across or about half the size of the Milky Way.
The entire spiral rotates in a period of about 200 million years.
It was a stack of 6 x 10 min exposures taken with the MX716 camera for the luminance image and binned 10 minute for the R and G frames. The B was synthesized from the R and G.
The context image is a smaller version of last week's color image of the galaxy which can be reviewed by going to Recent Photos in the masthead above.
This is another nebula similar to but smaller than NGC604, on the other side of the galaxy.
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