M 82

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Description: M82 is undergoing intense star formation in its core. This is most likely the result of an interaction with nearby M81. This encounter has caused pockets of gas to collapse into stars. Super novae in the core are responsible for the two red jets of material being blown out of the core.
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: 13 million light years
Apparent Size: 10.5' x 5.1'
Date: 18 february, 19 march 2005
Equipment: 12.5" RC @ f/9, ST10XME, AO-7, MI-250
Exposure: L(HaR)GB: 50-150-20-20-25 minutes

RGB binned 2x2