M81 & M82 - Bode's Galaxy & The Cigar Galaxy

Updated: Apr 28

Spiral galaxy Messier 81 and starburst galaxy Messier 82 are two galaxies often photographed together as a pair in the constellation Ursa Major. M81 and M82 are great broadband targets that are easy for beginner astrophotographers. They are also rich in hydrogen-alpha gas, especially the starburst galaxy M82. M81 and M82 are best imaged in Spring.

Object Designation: M81 & M82

Also known as: Bode's Galaxy & The Cigar Galaxy

Constellation: Ursa Major

Object Type: Spiral Galaxy & Spiral Starburst Galaxy

Distance: 3,650 light-years away

Magnitude: 6.94 &a