Alt. Designations: NGC 628
Object Type: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Pisces
Distance: 32 mly
Right Ascension: 01h 36m 41.7s
Declination: +15° 47´ 00"
Visual Magnitude: 9.2
Apparent Dimension: 10.5´ x 9.5´
Best Month To View: Oct

In the constellation of Pisces can be found a fine example of a face-on spiral galaxy. This is M74. It is a beautiful spiral around 95,000 light-years in diameter. It is located about 35 million light-years from Earth. It is moving away from us at nearly 800 km/sec. Color photographs of this galaxy reveal that its spiral arms are littered with clusters of young, blue stars. It is believed to be very similar in size and shape to our own Milky Way galaxy. With a magnitude of 9.4, it may be a challenging object to locate in binoculars. Larger telescopes will reveal the best amount of detail.