Messier 109 is a good example of a barred spiral galaxy which can be found in the constellation Ursa Major, to the south east of the star Phecda.
This galaxy lies at a distance of about 55 million light years.
It is the brightest galaxy in the so called M109 group, which is a large group of galaxies all located in Ursa Major.
In March 1956, a type Ia supernova was observed in the southeast part of M109.
|Type||Barred spiral galaxy|
|Right ascension||11h 57m 36s|
|Declination||+53° 22′ 28″|
|Other designations||NGC3992, PGC037617, UGC6937|