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Bodes Galaxy (M81, NGC3031)

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.

Fact File


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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