Messier 81, Bodes Galaxy in Ursa Major

M81 is the largest galaxy in the M81 group of galaxies with about 30 members. It has an active nucleus fueled by a 70 million solar mass central black hole. M81 is 11.8 million light years away while Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies in our local group are less than 3 million light years away.
Magnitude: 6.9

11/9/2013 Canon T3i
254mm Newtonian, FL 1200mm
45 minutes of exposures at ISO 1600

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