M 77 – Cetus

M 77

M 77

Messier 77 was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and it is a peculiar galaxy in the constellation of Cetus, the Whale. Located at about 50 millions of light years, it is classified as hosting an Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN). Around its bright core there is a very faint region, showing a larger structure.

This image comes from the average of six, 600 seconds exposures taken with the Planewave 17 unit. The image scale is of 0.95 “/pixel.

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