The magnificent starburst galaxy Messier 82

M82-vis
esahubble_heic0604a April 24, 2006

Creator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei M√ľnchen, Germany

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0604a/

This mosaic image of the magnificent starburst galaxy, Messier 82 (M82) is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of M82. It is a galaxy remarkable for its webs of shredded clouds and flame-like plumes of glowing hydrogen blasting out from its central regions where young stars are being born 10 times faster than they are inside in our Milky Way Galaxy.

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Cigar Galaxy Messier 82
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy » Activity » Starburst

Distance

Universescale2
11,700,000 light years

Position Details

M82-vis
Position (ICRS)
RA = 9h 56m 26.5s
DEC = 69° 42’ 19.3”
Orientation
North is 49.9° CCW
Field of View
10.7 x 8.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Ursa Major

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (B) 435.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (H-alpha) 658.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_red