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Squid Galaxy

Cetus A, M77, NGC 1068

Proper NamesSquid Galaxy, Cetus A
Messier NumberM77
NGC/IC NumberNGC 1068
Right Ascension2h 42m 41s
Declination-0° 0' 48"
Distancec.41,300,000 light years
c.12,700,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +8.9
Absolute: -21.6
DiameterApparent: 7.1'
Actual: c.175,000 light years
Hubble TypeSb Spiral
Optimum VisibilityNovember
NotesThe brightest Seyfert Galaxy in the sky, the Squid Galaxy or Cetus A has an intensely active core emanating energy across the electromagnetic spectrum. This energetic nature is due to the presence of a supermassive black hole in the galaxy's core. This is an extremely large galaxy, extending out to a diameter some 170,000 light years.


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