Messier 82

59. Messier 82


Messier 82  RA: 9h 55.8'  Dec: +69 41'   Ursa Major (UMa)

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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. A 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. SN 2014J, a type Ia supernova, was discovered in the galaxy on 21 January 2014. In 2014, in studying M82, scientists discovered the brightest pulsar yet known, designated M82 X-2.
 

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Location Fingal ON
Date May 12 2009
Optics SV102ED
Filters None
Mount Celestron CGE
Camera Canon 350D
ISO 400
Subexposures 6
Exposure Length 300
Guider SV NH2/ST-4
 

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