Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Designation: M83 / NGC 5236
Hemisphere: Northern
Constellation: Hydra
Distance: 15 million light years
Object type: Barred spiral galaxy


The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy located 15 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Hydra. It is a very distinctive galaxy, with well formed spiral arms, dust lanes, a central bar and strong nucleus.

M83 is one of the brightest spiral galaxies in the night sky and gets its name from the strong resemblance to the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101).

Acquisition details

Total integration time: 12 hours
Acquisition software: CHI-1 (Telescope Live)
Processing software: PixInsight – GIMP
Location: Chile

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