Monday, 14 September 2009

M81 and M82 Galaxies

M81 and M82 galaxies by Arran Hill

Full size image can be seen here : M81 and M82 with Canon 400D

M81 and M82 in Ursa Major
80 x 10 minute exposures (13 hours 20 minutes)
Skywatcher 8" Newt / Canon 400D
Chatham (Light polluted site)
Published in Sky at Night Magazine, July 2009

M81 (on the right) is a spiral galaxy that forms a pair with the irregular galaxy M82. The distance between the two galaxies is some 150,000 light years. M81 is the largest galaxy within in a group of 34, and is located 12 million light years away from planet Earth. This makes it one of the closet groups to the Local Group, which contains the Milky Way.

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