The spiral galaxy NGC 4254, also known as Messier 99, is located 55 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices.

Galactic Arms Paint ‘Berenice’s Hair’ in Gorgeous Telescope Shot

A spiral galaxy adorns “Bérénice’s hair” in a striking telescope photo.

Although Charles Messier developed a famous catalog of celestial bodies in the 18th century which includes this galaxy, officially known as NGC 4254, NASA writes that another French astronomer by the name of Pierre Méchain was the one who discovered it, in 1781. But its best-known observer is the one represented by the popular nickname for the spiral galaxy, Messier 99.


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