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Messier 81
Messier 81 Bode's Galaxy
Credit: NASA, ESA

M81 (NGC 3031) - Bode's Galaxy

Messier 81 (NGC 3031), also known as the Bode's Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major in the M81 Group of galaxies. M81 is 11,800,000 light years away from Earth.

M81 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 6.9, and can be viewed with binoculars. M81 is 27' x 14' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Bode's Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. spiral galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 3031
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 6.9
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 27' x 14'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 11,800,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 9h 55.6m
      1. Dec:
      2. 69 4'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. M81 Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.