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M 96 - NGC 3368
Penryn, California
April 2005/2008
FS-128 (ag, ST-4)
ST-10XME RGB 15  minute subs  (2005)
ST-2000XM Lum 10 minute subs (2008)

M96 is classified Sa.  Distance is approximately 38 million light years. 

Faintly visible in the above image is an outer ring of disturbed spiral arms containing a population of older stars.  The bright inner region is approximately 66,000 light years in diameter and the entire galaxy is 100,000 light years in diameter.