Location of Photo:
Rancho Hidalgo, NM
Date/Time of photo:
January 15-23, 2013
Telescope: TEC-140 (F7) Camera: SBIG ST-8300M Mount: AP900 GTO Luminance: 23x20 minutes Red: 7x15 minutes Green: 8x15 minutes Blue: 8x15 minutes
This is an image of M82, also known as the Cigar Galaxy. This is what is known as a starburst galaxy and is about 12 million light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major. A starburst galaxy is one in which the rate of star formation is over ten times the rate in our Milky Way galaxy. The plumes of flame like hydrogen gas blasting out from its central region are a result of intense star formation. This intense star formation is thought to have been brought about by an earlier interaction with its nearby neighbor M81.