Known as a barred spiral, M96 is approx 36 million light-years away
from us and part of a small group of galaxies called…..M96
Group. It is the brightest member of the Leo I group. This dude
is roughly 66,000 light-years across making it just a little smaller
than our Milky Way. As recently as 1998 astronomers detected a
supernova in this galaxy 1A SN1998bu.
This galaxy was discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1781 and cataloged by
Messier 4 days latr on March 24,1781, writing ‘nebula without
star, in the Lion’.
M95 is the little galaxy in the upper left corner.
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