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Galaxy M108. Optical image of the spiral galaxy Messier 108, or NGC 3556. This type Sc spiral galaxy is seen edge-on viewed from Earth, with the core region obscured by dark dust lanes in the spiral arms. M108 lies about 40-50 million light years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. This image was made with the T2KA CCD camera on a 0.9-metre telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona in January 1997.
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