Messier 81 - Bode's Galaxy

Messier 81 - Bode's Galaxy

Explanation

Bode's Galaxy isa spiral galaxy approximately 11.7 million light-years away , and is the largest galaxy in the M81 Group, a group of 34 galaxies located in the constellation Ursa Major. Messier 81 is dubbed "Bode's Galaxy" after Johann Elert Bode who first discovered it in 1774, but was re-identified by Charles Messier when he compiled his catalog (The Messier Catalog) in 1779.

Details

Credit: Will Jackson, Kevin Bartee
Date Captured: Tue, 12/28/2010
Exposure: 164 minutes
Telescope: Meade 14" LX200-ACF 3556mm f/10