M65 is a spiral galaxy that is a
member of the famed Leo Triplet group, which also contains M66 and
NGC3628. M65 is a typical-looking spiral, suggesting that it has
not been strongly affected by the gravitational fields of its neighbors.
It is generally low in gas and dust. Therefore its rate of star-formation
is relatively low.
M65 was discovered by Charles Messier
in 1780. It is estimated to lie 35 million light years away and
have a diameter of 95 thousand light years.