M106 – a barred spiral
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Messier 106 is a barred spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici. It was discovered in 1781 by the metric French astronomer Pierre Mechain. It is about [22 million light years] from the Earth. The blue colouration of the stars suggest lots of young stars forming. From its X-ray/radio properties it is classified as a [Seyfert galaxy] and at the centre is a [supermassive blackhole] which powers strong jets of material.