Digitized Sky Survey 2 image of M82 and M81 (ground-based image)

The spiral galaxy M81 and the neighbour galaxy M82 are forming a physical pair. A few tens of million years ago, the smaller M82 collided with M81. This gravitational interaction deformed M82 and caused its concentrated burst of star formation.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble and Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgements: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble

)

About the Image

Id:heic0604h
Type:Observation
Release date:24 April 2006, 15:00
Related releases:heic0604
Size:10102 x 13123 px

About the Object

Name:Cigar Galaxy, Messier 82
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
Distance:13 million light years
Constellation:Ursa Major

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Coordinates

Position (RA):9 55 7.34
Position (Dec):69° 43' 24.77"
Field of view:169.87 x 220.68 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 4.2° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
DSS
Infrared
I
DSS

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