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Messier 82

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About this observation
Observer
Geof Lewis
Time of observation
21/01/2020 - 03:00
Object
Messier 82
Observing location
Norfolk, UK
Equipment
C14 XLT + Optec x0.67 Telecompressor lens
QSI583wsg-5 camera
Astronomic HaLRGB filters
Exposure
Ha 9x900s; L 21x600s; RGB 24x300s
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Messier 82, about 12 million light years distant from us, is what is known as a starburst galaxy.  It is also known as the "Cigar" galaxy due to its appearance to the naked eye in a telescope.  It is much smaller than our galaxy, at only 19 thousand light years across, but it is five times more luminous and has an incredibly bright core. The emanations of material from the core are best captured in Hydrogen alpha "light" and Geof has achieved this very well in his image.

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