NGC 2841

Alt. Designations: NGC 2841
Object Type: spiral galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance:   46 mly
Right Ascension: 09h 22m 02.3s
Declination: +50° 58´ 35"
Visual Magnitude: 9.3
Apparent Dimension: 8.1´ X 3.5´
Best Month To View: Mar

Spiral galaxy NGC 2841, 46 million light-years distant, can be found in the northern constellation of Ursa Major. NGC 2841 has a diameter of over 150,000 light-years, even larger than our own Milky Way Galaxy. The galaxy's dust lanes and turbulent star-forming regions are found along the spiral arms, but X-ray images suggest that resulting winds and stellar explosions create plumes of hot gas extending into a halo around NGC 2841. The prominent stars with a spiky appearance in the picture are close foreground objects within the Milky Way and not associated with NGC 2841.