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Located in Pisces, M74 is a face on spiral galaxy 30 million light years away. Due to its very low surface brightness, it is also known as the phantom galaxy. Blue stars and red ionised hydrogen regions dominate the outer arms, whilst older yellow stars are prevalent towards the core. Gravitation forces from two nearby satellite galaxies, slightly distort the spiral structure. In recent years, several supernovas have also been detected.  Finally, have a look in the background for tiny distant galaxies, some of which display ring structures.  

This LRGB image represents 15 hours and was taken with my Esprit 150.

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