From the January 2008 issue

A peculiar jewel of the north

Astronomers have observed M82 for centuries, but this "irregular" galaxy in Ursa Major still commands their attention.
By | Published: January 24, 2008 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
On New Year’s Eve 1774, astronomer Johann Elert Bode entered into his catalog a description of a peculiar cigar-shaped galaxy in Ursa Major the Big Bear.