Alt. Designations: NGC 4258
Object Type: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Canes Venatici
Distance: 23.7 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 18m 57.8s
Declination: +47° 18´ 25"
Visual Magnitude: 8.3
Apparent Dimension: 18.6´ x 7.2´
Best Month To View: Apr

Canes Venatici is the home of spiral galaxy known as M106. It is located about 25 million light-years from Earth and is receding from us at the rate of 537 km/sec. This galaxy is rotated to our line of sight, which gives is an elongated appearance. In color photographs, the spiral arms end in bright blue knots. These are believed to be young star clusters composed of giant, hot blue stars. M106 can be spotted in binoculars but requires a small telescope to reveal any details.