Deep Space Photography
4 01 2011 M81
Messier 81
(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.

Distance 11.8 Million Light Years
RA 9h 55m 33.2s
DEC 69 degrees 3' 55"
Mag 6.94
Designations NGC 3031, UGC 5318 Bodes Galaxy

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