Spiral galaxy M81

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope photo shows the majestic spiral galaxy M81.

In the midsts of this galaxy is the supernova 1993J which was recently found to have a companion star which had been hidden in the glow of the supernova for 21 years. The location of the supernova can be seen in the annotated version of this image.

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Credit:

NASA, ESA, A. Zezas (CfA), and A. Filippenko (UC Berkeley)
Acknowledgment: Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) & O. Fox (University of California, Berkeley)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo1438b
Type:Observation
Release date:10 September 2014, 11:55
Size:10555 x 7223 px

About the Object

Name:M81
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:11 million light years
Constellation:Ursa Major
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):9 55 45.61
Position (Dec):69° 0' 45.47"
Field of view:8.80 x 6.02 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.6° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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