Two Galaxies Partnered Up
A few weeks ago, we had a clear enough night to chase some deep sky objects. Managed to grab an image with two galaxies, relatively 'near' one another (at least in our sky).
These are Bode's Galaxy (M81), and Cigar Galaxy (M82). Bode's is a spiral galaxy, with a diameter about half that of the Milky Way (approx 90,000 light years). Cigar is a starburst galaxy, with an incredible luminance (brightness). It's luminance is roughly 5 times greater than that of the Milky Way, and it's center is about 100 times more luminous than our own galaxy's center. Both of these galaxies are around 12 million light years away from us. To bring that into perspective, a single light year = 5.8 trillion miles. So, 12 times that to get to these galaxies. Yeah.
Anyhow, here they are!