A peculiar galaxy in Ursa Major, M82 lies approximately 12 million LY from Earth.  It is involved
 in heavy star formation and a prototype of the class of starbusting galaxies.  The core of this galaxy
has suffered from a recent encounter with it's neighbor M81 about 50 to 100 million years ago.  This
interaction generated the increased star formation and is largely the cause of M82's peculiar shape.

April 11, 2010
10" Astro-Tech RC
Canon Digital Rebel 500D / Modified (Hutech)
160 Minutes / 32x300s@ 800ASA
Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
Skyhawk Observatory, West Bend, WI
Rick Kazmierski

Messier 82

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