(also known as NGC 3031 or Bode's Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.
Because of its proximity to Earth, its large size, and its active galactic nucleus (which harbors a 70 million M
supermassive black hole), Messier 81 is a popular galaxy to study in professional astronomy research.
The galaxy's large size and relatively low apparent magnitude (lower magnitude implies higher brightness)
also make it a popular target for amateur astronomy observations.
||11.8 Million Light Years
||9h 55m 33.2s
||69 degrees 3' 55"
||NGC 3031, UGC 5318 Bodes Galaxy