M81 (Galaxy)

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R/B-band color composite image from the Second Digitized Sky Survey (DSS2), measuring 21 arcminutes across.
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From San Diego , M81 is visible all night because it is circumpolar. It will be highest in the sky shortly before dawn, when it will be lost to twilight around 05:46, 41° above your north-eastern horizon. At dusk, it will become visible around 19:23 (PDT), 14° above your northern horizon.

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Name M81
Object type Galaxy
Other names
Bode's Galaxy
Bode's Nebula
NGC 3031[3]
Constellation:Ursa Major
Magnitude:6.94 (V) [3]
7.89 (B) [3]
4.76 (J) [3]
4.09 (H) [3]
3.83 (K) [3]
B-V Color (mag):0.95
Hubble type:Sab
Right ascension:09h55m [3]
Declination:+69°03' [3]
Distance:4.2 Mpc
13.6 Mlyr [2]
Derived quantities
Absolute mag (V):-21.16
Visibility from San Diego

All times shown in San Diego local time.

19 Feb 2023  –  M81 is well placed
19 Feb 2024  –  M81 is well placed
19 Feb 2025  –  M81 is well placed
19 Feb 2026  –  M81 is well placed
19 Feb 2027  –  M81 is well placed
19 Feb 2028  –  M81 is well placed
18 Feb 2029  –  M81 is well placed
19 Feb 2030  –  M81 is well placed



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