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Messier 81

Messier 81, also known as NGC 3031 or Bode's Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. Due to its relative proximity, large size and active galactic nucleus, Messier 81 has been studied extensively by professional astronomers. Its relatively high brightness also makes it a popular target for amateur astronomers.

Photo: NASA, ESA, STScI/AURA
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