Messier M81 - Bode's Galaxy
M81 (NGC 3031), also known as Bode's Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy located within the constellation Ursa Major in the M81 Group of galaxies.
M81 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 8.5*, and can be viewed with binoculars. It is 21 x 10' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.
* The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.
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