Bode's Galaxay (M81)

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Discovered by Johan Elert Bode in 1774, this "grand design" spiral galaxy is located about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. Its large size and relatively low apparent magnitude (higher brightness) makes it a good target for my telescope.

Two amazing images of Bode's galaxy are: (1) a image taken by the
Hubble Telescope and an 2005 infrared image of M81 by Spitzer Space Telescope.