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Bodes Galaxy (M81, NGC3031)

Bodes galaxy (M81, NGC3031) is a spiral galaxy that was discovered in 1774 by astronomer Johann Elert Bode from where it gets it name from.

Bodes Galaxy (M81, NGC3031) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 11,400-12,200 kly light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major. It is referred to as M(81) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(3031) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue. The Spiral Galaxy's location is 09:55.6 (R.A.) and +69:04 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 6.9 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 7 with an apparent dimension of 21x10 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

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NameBodes Galaxy (M81, NGC3031)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id81
NGC Id3031
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right Ascension09:55.6
Declination+69:04
Distance (Lt.Yr)11,400-12,200 kly
Visual Brightness6.9
Apparent Dimension21x10
Apparent Magnitude7
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1774
DiscovererJohann Elert Bode
CoprightN.A.S.A, Hubble Site

Bodes Galaxy (M81, NGC3031) Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major


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