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Cigar Galaxy (M82, NGC3034) Facts

Cigar Galaxy (M82, NGC3034) Facts Irregular Galaxy in Ursa Major

Cigar Galaxy (M82, NGC3034) is an irregular galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 10,700-12,300 kly light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major.

It is referred to as M(82) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(3034) 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 Irregular Galaxy's location is 09:55.8 (R.A.) and +69:41` (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 8.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 9x4 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

Cigar galaxy (M82, NGC3034) is an Irregular Galaxy that was discovered by German astronomer Johann Elert Bode.

Fact File


NameCigar Galaxy (M82, NGC3034)
TypeIrregular Galaxy
Messier Id82
NGC Id3034
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right Ascension09:55.8
Declination+69:41`
Distance (Lt.Yr)10,700-12,300 kly
Apparent Dimension9x4
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1774
DiscovererJohann Elert Bode
CoprightN.A.S.A, Hubble Site


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