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Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy or M82) is a starburst galaxy approximately 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. A member of the M81 Group, it is about five times more luminous than the whole Milky Way and has a center one hundred times more luminous than our galaxy's center. The starburst activity is thought to have been triggered by interaction with neighboring galaxy M81. As the closest starburst galaxy to Earth, M82 is the prototypical example of this galaxy type. SN 2014J, a type Ia supernova, was discovered in the galaxy on 21 January 2014. In 2014, in studying M82, scientists discovered the brightest pulsar yet known, designated M82 X-2.

ObjectM82 - Cigar Galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
Position: RA 09h 57m 22s DEC +69° 35′ 29″
Apparent Size: 11 × 4.3 arcmin
Apparent Magnitude: +8.41  (SB 13.48)
Distance (average) 11.4-12.4 million ly
Photo Datas 
Date 28.03.2019, 21:30 UTC
Location Knottenried/Oberallgäu, 1002m ASL
GPS: 47°36’13“ N, 10°11’24“ E
Sky darkness SQM-L Zenit 21.46mag/sqrsec, Object 21.54 mag/sqrsec
Ground Temp./Air Pressure +2.0°C / 1035mbar
Thermal sky temp./weather  > -51°C Zenit, very clear, temporarely windy
Seeing (Bortle)  7/10
Telescope TS 14"RC 2845mm FR f/8.0
Camera Sony A7Ra mod @ T sensor= +5°C
Expose frames ISO 3200, RAW 16x120s, 13 darks
Total expose
32 min.
Filter no
Mount HPS 10Micron GM 3000
Guiding Cam no
Software DSS 3.3.4, Photoshop CC

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