Images details

Scope: Vixen VC200L F/8
Mount: Atlas EQG Pro
Camera: STF 8300M
Exposure: L:7x600, RGB:12x300 binned2x2 total exposure time, 4 hours 10 minutes
Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
Date(s): 2/7/2016, 2/8/2016

Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy or M82) is a starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It is about five times more luminous than the whole Milky Way and one hundred times more luminous than our galaxy's center. The starburst activity is thought to be triggered by interaction with neighboring galaxy M81, and M82 is a member of the M81 Group. As the closest starburst galaxy to our own, M82 is the prototypical example of this type of galaxy.Type a supernova, was observed in the galaxy on 21 January 2014, see 2014 supernova. In 2014, in studying M82, scientists discovered the brightest pulsar yet known, designated M82.