M81 (Bode's Galaxy) and M82 (The Cigar Galaxy) are in the same field of view for shorter focal lengths. This is a mosaic that integrates a photograph containing both galaxies with a bath bag on your happy minds.
A wide field capture of the area surrounding Bode's Galaxy (M81), including nearby Cigar Galaxy (M82). Taken from the banks of the Skykomish River.
Starburst galaxies are believed to experience incredibly rapid star growth compared to other galaxies. M82, the Cigar Galaxy, is both visually and physically located near M81, Bode's Galaxy. Tidal interactions between the two funneled gas into the core of M82 that led to a massive period of rapid star growth. Despite the bright strawberry moon, I was able to capture this image of M82 in the opposite edge of the sky last night from my backyard in Monroe, WA.
'Come on here, dear boy, have a cigar...' a Cigar Galaxy, that is. M82 is in close proximity to M81 (Bode's Galaxy) and it's believed that gravitational interactions between the two created what is known as a 'starburst' that can be easily seen in the middle.
M82 is a starburst galaxy that contains one of the brightest pulsars known.
These two galaxies are bright enough to be seen with binoculars and close enough to capture together in a single frame.