M82 is an exceptionally bright 'starburst' galaxy in Ursa Major. It lies close to Bode's Galaxy, M81. Observations in infra-red show that it is an edge on spiral galaxy. Narrowband Hydrogen alpha images show perpendicular bright tarils of Ha leading from the core, only faintly visible in the image below.

M82 L

M82 the Cigar Galaxy

Category: Astrophotography