M 82 (Cigar Galaxy)

Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034 or Cigar Galaxy) is a starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. This galaxy is five times as bright as the whole Milky Way. M82 interacts gravitationally with M81 and NGC 3077. Gas from this three galaxies appears in intergalactic space and is attracted by the gravitational forces. Thus it "falls" near the nuclei of galaxies, causing rapid star formation.


Technical Details:

Optics: ASA N12 Astrograph at 6.8 and 3.6
Mount: ASA DDM 85
Camera: SBIG STL-11000M
Filters: Astronomik LRGB filter set
Dates/Times: November 2010
Location: Rozhen
Exposure Details: L = 240 min R = 120 min, G = 110 min, B = 140 min.
Subexposures: 10 min
Acquisition: CCD Soft
Processing: PixInsight, Photoshop CS

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