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Spindle Galaxy

(NGC 5866, M102)
(disk galaxy for which we have an edge-on view)

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 has evident star formation, characteristics of spiral galaxies.

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.003615.3Mpc49.9MlySpindle Galaxy
Coordinates:NGC 5866