Sky Object of the Month – April 2016

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Sky Object of the Month – April 2016

(Courtesy LVAS Observer’s Challenge*)

NGC 3077– Peculiar Irregular Galaxy in Ursa Major

(Magnitude – 9.9, Dimensions – 5.5’ X 4.0’)

NGC 3077 is a small member of the M81 Group, visible in the same low power field as M81 and M82. It was discovered by William Herschel on November 8, 1801.To the casual observer, NGC 3077 looks like an elliptical galaxy. However, it is classified as a peculiar irregular galaxy due to its wispy edges, scattered dust clouds, and active nucleus. Studies suggest a distance for NGC 3077 of 13 million light years.




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