Messier 106 is an spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. Discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781. M106 is about 25 million light-years away from Earth.

Distance to Earth: 23.68 million light years

Radius: 67,500 light years

Age: 13.28 billion years

Stars: 400 billion

Messier 106 is a Seyfert II galaxy, one strong in X-rays and showing emission line spectra from its nucleus.