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Messier Object M95 is located in the direction of the Constellation Leo at an approximate distance of 38 Million Light-Years, and is a beautiful example of a barred spiral galaxy with circular arms, labelled as a Type SBb galaxy. It spans an approximate 50,000 Light-Years in diameter. It is described as one of the fainter Messier Objects, but it noted for its bright circumnuclear ring of star-formation, and x-ray light surrounding the ring of star-formation is likely emission from recent supernovae, enhanced by regular outbursts of star formation. The ring is about 2,000 Light-Years in diameter. M95 is one of the key galaxies studied in the Hubble project to help determine the Hubble Constant, key in determining the expansion rate of the universe.

Object: M95
Distance: 38 Million Light-Years
Magnitude: 9.7
Date: March 2010
Place: Fort Davis, TX
Exposure Details: LRGB:630:180:210:270 unbinned

Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDInspector, CCDStack, Photoshop CS3, RegiStar, etc.

Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss
Focal Length: 2808mm @ f9
Mount: Paramount ME GEM Robotic
Camera: STL6303E SBIG
Focuser: RCOS
Guiding: Off-Axis using SBIG Guide Camera
Filters: Tru-Balance Gen II LRGB 2"

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