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Spindle Galaxy

(NGC 5866, M102)
(striking spiral galaxy with very large bulge)

The Spindle Galaxy (NGC 5866 thought by some to be the nebula M102 of the original Messier Catalog) is a spiral galaxy (or possibly lenticular) about 50 million light-years distant. Its galaxy classification is indefinite because our view is edge-on and it may have spirals that aren't visible to us. The edge-on view makes a disk of dust evident, and it does have some evident star formation, characteristics of spiral galaxies.

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.003615.3Mpc49.9MlySpindle Galaxy
Coordinates:NGC 5866