Constellation : Canes Venatici
This galacy was first observed by Pierre Mechain back in 1781, and then
catalogued by Messier just a few days later.
Some astronomers described it as being a barred spiral, as opposed to
just spiral, but after a few drinks who really cares….. anyway
some think the ‘bar’ is more oval-shaped, but that’s
a call others, at a higher pay grade, need to make the call.
M94 has both an inner and outer ring. The inner is approx
70” is the more active star forming area and known by those in
the know, as a ‘starbirst’ ring. It seems that the
bar or oval center drives the outward to continue forming new
The outer being some 600” is also active but only contains some
23% of the total stellar mass and contributes about 10% of the new
stars. This galaxy is approx 16 million light-years away
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