M 82 "Cigar Galaxy"

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Telescope: RCOS 14.5” at Rowe, NM

Camera Filters: Red, Blue, Green, Luminance

Total exposure: 13 hours

Image width: 1/4 degree

M 82 is classified as a “Star Burst” galaxy because the red region emanating from its core consists of a flurry of newly born stars—generated at a birth rate about ten times that of our own galaxy. The cause of this intense star burst is thought to be a gravitational interaction with its nearby neighbor M 81. M 82 has many interesting features which Wikipedia nicely summarizes.


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