Object of the Season

The Webb Deep-Sky Society requested observations for the following deep-sky objects. Findings are published in the Deep Sky Observer (DSO).

Observations should be sent to Wolfgang Steinicke , Gottenheimerstr. 18, D-79224 Umkirch, Germany.

Object of the Season (Spring 2022)

Galaxy M82 in Ursa Major

The galaxy was discovered by Johann Elert Bode on 31 December 1774, together with M81. This is one of the classical deep-sky objects, already visible in a binocular. Larger apertures show the strange features in the peculiar galaxy M82, interacting with M81, 38' south.

This image of Galaxy M82 in Ursa Major was provided by Capella Observatory.
Name
M82
Position (2000)
09 55 52.7 +69 40 46 (UMa)
Type
Irr pec
Visual Magnitude
8.6
Size
11.2' x 4.3'
Distance
14 Mly
Other Designations
IV79, GC1950, NGC3034, UGC5322, PGC28655, CGCG333-8, MCG+12-10-11, Arp337

Results of the observations of M82 will be published in DSO 191.

Wolfgang Steinicke - Nebulae and Clusters Section Director

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