Messier's 106th object is a large, nearby, sweeping spiral galaxy that holds a true rarity at it's core: an active, feeding supermassive black hole. M106 is also classified as a Seyfert II galaxy
due to strong Xray and radio wave activity in their core. Closer examination of this image will reveal several fainter galaxies. The largest of these is NGC 4248 located at the 5 o'clock position
in this image.