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Messier M82 - Cigar Galaxy

M82 (NGC 3034), also known as Cigar Galaxy, is a irregular galaxy located within the constellation Ursa Major in the M81 Group of galaxies.

M82 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 9.5*, and can be viewed with large binoculars. It is 9 x 4' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Cigar Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. irregular galaxy
      1. NGC:
      2. 3034
      1. Magnitude (m):
      2. 9.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. large binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 9 x 4'
      1. RA:
      2. 9h 55.9m
      1. Dec:
      2. 69 41'
      1. Season:
      2. late spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. M81 Group

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



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