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