Wunder des Weltalls

Messier 82 The Cigar galaxy

Fotograf: Wolfgang Kloehr

Messier 82 (M82, NGC 3034) is a remarkable galaxy of peculiar type in constellation Ursa Major. It is usually classified as irregular, though probably a distorted disk galaxy, and famous for its heavy star-forming activity, thus a prototype member of the class of starbursting galaxies.
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