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Messier 82
Messier 82 Cigar Galaxy
Credit: NASA, ESA

M82 (NGC 3034) - Cigar Galaxy

Messier 82 (NGC 3034), also known as the Cigar Galaxy, is an irregular galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major in the M81 Group of galaxies. M82 is 12,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M82 is best viewed during late spring, is magnitude 8.4, and can be viewed with binoculars. M82 is 11.2' x 4.3' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Cigar Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. irregular galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 3034
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.4
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 11.2' x 4.3'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 12,000,000 LY
      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.