GALEX ultraviolet image of the interacting galaxies M81 and M82

A GALEX ultraviolet image of the interacting galaxies M81 and M82, which lie 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The gravity from each galaxy dramatically affected the other during their last close encounter, 200 million years ago. Gas density waves rippling around M81 make it a grand design spiral. M82 is undergoing a starburst at its core, creating glowing fingers of hydrogen.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and D. de Mello (Catholic University of America/GSFC) & NASA/GALEX

About the Image

Id:heic0801b
Type:Observation
Release date:8 January 2008, 20:00
Related releases:heic0801
Size:1362 x 2409 px

About the Object

Name:Holmberg IX, M81, M82
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:12 million light years

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Ultraviolet GALEX

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