M101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy

RA:
14:00:12.
Dec:
54:20:56.4
Priority
Interesting
Observing Advice
BVR - 90-120s each filter with the 2m FTN
Priority
Interesting
Nightly Visibility
March; Northern hemisphere
Visible dates
Mar 1 2016 - Mar 31 2016
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This spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major is more commonly known as the 'Pinwheel Galaxy'. It is orientated nearly face-on towards us so we get a lovely view of its centre and spiral arms. It was discovered in 1781, and was one of the last entries in the Messier Catalogue. M101 has been the location of a number of supernovae events.