M82 Cigar Galaxy in Ursa Major
Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy or M82) is a starburst galaxy approximately 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. As member of the M81 Group, it is about five times more luminous than the Milky Way and has a center one hundred times more luminous. The starburst activity is thought to have been triggered by interaction with neighboring galaxy M81. As the closest starburst galaxy to Earth, M82 is the prototypical example of this galaxy type.
Deep exposed LRGB data have been used to create this image. Outer parts of neighbor galaxy M81 can just be spotted to the lower right. North is near 11 o’clock.
[description from wikipedia.org]
Finder Chart M82 Cigar Galaxy in Ursa Major
Image created by Skychart
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