May 2012

M 108

M 108 is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. It was discovered by Pierre Mechain around 1792, but not added to the Messier List until the 1950s [1]. It is seen nearly edge on and shows a lot of dust lanes.

 Object Name: M108
 Object Type: Galaxy 
 Object Position: RA 11h 12m 13s DE +55° 36' 14''
 Location/Date/Time: St. Pölten, 1.05.2012, 22:30 MEZ (1.05.2012 20:30 UTC)
 Parameters: 12 x 300 s L, 6 x180 s RGB

[1] Sky SafariPro, rel.3.2

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