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.
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.
|Name||Bodes Galaxy (M81, NGC3031)|
|Distance (Lt.Yr)||11,400-12,200 kly|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Year of Discovery||1774|
|Discoverer||Johann Elert Bode|
|Copright||N.A.S.A, Hubble Site|