"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."


M 82 also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy

Imaging Telescope or Lens: Taken with an Astro-Tech 12" Ritchey - Chrétien Reflector Astrograph
Focal reducer: AP 27TVPH .75 reducer Camera SBIG STF 8300 CCD Mono, Filter Baader Ha 7nm

M 82 also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy is a starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.
The starburst activity is thought to have been triggered by interaction with the neighboring galaxy M 81. As the closest starburst
galaxy to Earth. And bear in mind that one light-year is 6,000,000,000,000 miles.



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