Alt. Designations: NGC 3627, ARP  16
Object Type: Barred Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Leo
Distance: 36 mly
Right Ascension: 11h 20m 15.1s
Declination: +12° 59´ 24"
Visual Magnitude: 9.0
Apparent Dimension: 9.1´ x 4.1´
Best Month To View: Feb

Another member of this triplet of galaxies in Leo is a spiral galaxy known as M66. This galaxy is much larger than its close neighbor, M65. Its visual appearance is a bit unusual in that its spiral is irregular in shape. The galaxy's spirals are believed to have been deformed by close encounters with its neighbors. M66 is located about 35 million light-years from Earth. Its magnitude of 9.0 makes it a little easier to observe with binoculars. A good telescope and dark skies will reveal some of the detail in this galaxy.