Mike's Astro Photos
Feb.19 2010

M82 – Cigar Galaxy

by , under Galaxies

Here’s a picture of M82, an irregular galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. Dubbed the cigar galaxy for its shape, M82 looks like its exploding. Astronomers explain this effect as gas being driven out of the galaxy by particle winds.

M82 Cigar Galaxy - February 13, 2010

M82 Cigar Galaxy - February 13th, 2010

Check out this Hubble photo of M82 to experience the full effect.

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