Who discovered it and when it was discovered are still being debated but one thing is agreed on - M109 is a long, long way from earth.  Estimates range from 50 - 75 million light years.


It is classified as a barred spiral galaxy and is speeding away from our Milky Way at 1000 km per second.


Three of M109's companion galaxies are visible in this image.  From lower center to upper right:  UGC 6969, 6940 and 6923. 


OTA: Vixen VC200L

Camera: Atik 460ex w/EFW2 filter wheel

Filters: Astrodon LRGB

Mount: CGEM DX

Exposure:  L:R:G:B   228:72:72:72 (m)  rgb bin 2x2

Data obtained: March 2014

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory