Ground-based image of the M81/M82 Galaxy Group

This wide-angle image taken by astrophotographer Robert Gendler shows the amazing duo of Messier 81 (right) and Messier 82 (left). These two mighty galaxies in the Plough (Ursa Major) belong to some of the most famous and beloved galaxies known to amateur astronomers.


NASA, ESA, Z. Levay (STScI) and R. Gendler

About the Image

Release date:8 January 2008, 20:00
Related releases:heic0801
Size:3000 x 2059 px

About the Object

Name:Holmberg IX, M81, M82
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:12 million light years

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