M65 and M66






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M65 and M66 are in Leo, near the top of the Lion's 'hind leg'. Both are spiral galaxies, both are angled to us, though M65 is angled more. They are thought to be about 35 million light years away, about five times the distance of similar pairing M81 and M82. NGC3628 appears in photographs with this pair, but though I saw it, it was impossible to draw. It is a very narrow galaxy, orientated nearly edge on to us, and has a dust lane running right across it, leaving very little for visual observation.