The dynamic duo, Messier 81 and 82 (ground-based)

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esahubble_heic0401f January 7th, 2004

Credit: Robert Gendler (http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/)

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. This may be one of the reasons that Supernova 1993J was discovered by the Spanish amateur astronomer Francisco Garcia Diaz and not a professional astronomer. The violent star-forming activity in the neighbouring Messier 82 gives rise to a strong galactic wind that is spewing knotty filaments of hydrogen and nitrogen gas (seen in red) out of its centre.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0401f/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Messier 81 Messier 82 NGC 3031 NGC 3034
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy » Type » Spiral
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 9h 55m 19.5s
DEC = 69° 19’ 47.9”
Orientation
North is 92.5° CCW
Field of View
1.0 x 0.7 degrees
Constellation
Ursa Major
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ID
heic0401f
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
Messier 81, Messier 82, NGC 3031, NGC 3034
Credits
Robert Gendler (http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/)
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0401f/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Distance in light years from NED
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
T
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
148.831441731, 69.3299855473
Reference Dimension
2000.0, 1334.0
Reference Pixel
1000.0, 667.0
Scale
-0.000524737875431, 0.000524737875431
Rotation
92.480000000000118
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic0401f
Metadata Date
2017-07-14T00:55:47.203336
Metadata Version
1.1
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