January 26, 2005
M109 is a type SBc barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. M109 is around 40 to 50 million light-years away in a loose galaxy grouping which includes M108 and possibly M106. This picture was created from observations using the T2KA CCD camera at the Kitt Peak National Observatory's 0.9-meter telescope in January of 1997.
Topics: Ursa Major constellation, Spiral galaxies, Astronomy, Kitt Peak National Observatory, M108, Messier 109, M109 Group, Ursa Major Cluster, Large-scale structure of the cosmos, Extragalactic astronomy, Barred spiral galaxies, Galaxy, Technology Internet