M82, a starburst galaxy

by on Jun.24, 2013, under Image Gallery


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Messier 82 is an active starburst type galaxy located approximately 12 million light-years from our Milky Way. Messier 82 has a bipolar outflow of material streaming from its galactic nucleus. This outflow, also known as a superwind, is thought to be fueled by supernova explosions.   A supermassive black hole is known to reside in the core of this edge-on galaxy.

Data acquired and reduced by: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Data processed by: Salvatore Grasso
Exposure time: 30 hours
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico

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