Spiral Galaxy

M83: Southern Pinwheel Galaxy in Hydra (NGC 5236)

Object type: Spiral (Sc type) galaxy
Distance from Earth: 14,670,000 light years
4.5 Megaparsecs

This spiral galaxy is noted for the number of supernovae that occur. In our own Milky Way galaxy, a supernova explosion occurs about once in 30 to 50 years. In M83, supernovae occur every 10 to 15 years, more frequently than in any other galaxy.