Quick Facts About the M81+M82 Galaxies

  • These two galaxies are more commonly known as Bode’s Galaxy (on the left) and Cigar Galaxy (on the right.)
  • Bode’s Galaxy is one of the brightest spiral galaxies in the night sky and can be seen through a pair of binoculars at night.
  • Cigar Galaxy, on the right, can also be seen through a pair of binoculars and was named after its long, white appearance.
  • Both galaxies are located in the constellation of Ursa Major and are both 11.7 million years away from Earth.

Fun Fact

Did you know that one light year is equal to about 6 trillion miles? That’s around 30,456 times around the Earth!

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