Alt. Designations: NGC 3556
Object Type: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: 45 mly
Right Ascension: 11h 11m 29.4s
Declination: +55° 40´ 22"
Visual Magnitude: 10.1
Apparent Dimension: 8.6´ x 2.4´
Best Month To View: Mar

M108 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Ursa Major. It is oriented nearly edge-on to our line of sight, which gives it an elongated visual appearance. This galaxy is unusual in that is has no pronounced central core and the disk is mottled with dark dust lanes. Its distance from Earth is believed to be about 45 million light-years. In spite of this galaxy's visual magnitude of only 10.1, it is considered an easy target for amateur astronomers. Its details can be seen even in small instruments.