Description: The Bode galaxy or M81 is among the most observed targets in the sky. At roughly 12 million light-years from our galaxy, the arms of this spiral galaxy are clearly defined and show many dusty structures and formation regions. On the left side of the image it is Holmberg IX, a dwarf irregular galaxy and a satellite galaxy of M81. This image was taken using the Wide Field Camera at the 2.54m Isaac Newton Telescope 2.54m. A total of 12 exposures of 180 seconds each were taken for each of the used filters (Sloan g, r, and i).
Credit: Abel de Burgos Sierra.