Highly Commended in the Deep Sky category, 2018 CWAS David Malin Awards
NGC 3521 (The Bubble Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy located around 26 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Leo. It has short, patchy and somewhat disorganised spiral arms laced with dust, pink star forming regions, and clusters of young, blue stars. Consequently, it is known as a "flocculent" galaxy. Other notable examples of flocculent galaxies include M63, NGC 2403, M33, and NGC 2841. It is notable also for the bright halo or "bubble" of very faint stars in the halo above the plane of the galaxy.