Location of photoLexington, Ohio
Date/Time of photoOctober 30, 2008
EquipmentCanon 350D Hap Griffin Baader Mod
Celestron 9.25 reduced 0.63
Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
DescriptionM77 in Cetus
40x180sec at iso 1600
Messier 77 (NGC 1068), lies about 60 million light years away (approximately the same distance but another direction as the Virgo Cluster) in the constellation Cetus. It is the nearest Seyfert type II galaxy to Earth, but also the most distant Messier object according to some sources.
This galaxy has been studied extensively regarding galaxy core supermassive black holes and is thought to contain a monster black hole of 15 million solar masses.