Three Space Telescopes Team Up On M81 (Bode’s Galaxy)

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THREE SPACE TELESCOPES TEAM UP ON M81 (BODE’S GALAXY)

SPACE TELESCOPES TEAM UP ON M81 (BODE’S GALAXY)

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, GALEX Space Telescope & Spitzer Space Telescope. CLICK image for larger view and look below for information and related links.

This image of the brilliant spiral galaxy M81 comes from a collaboration between the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, GALEX Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope. M81 was discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1779 and because of this it’s often referred to as Bode’s Galaxy.
If you look to the night sky with binoculars from a dark sky location and you focus your well-adjusted night eyes to the constellation of Ursa Major or the famous asterism of “The Big Dipper” you will want to look slightly up and right of the pointer star Dubhe at the end of the dipper itself. There you may see this faint magnitude 6.9 smudge of a hundred…

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