M101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy
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.
Why not take BV and R images of this galaxy and create a colour image to put up in your classroom? Instructions on how to do this can be found here.
Visibility in March
M101 is visible throughout March at the following UT times from the LCO sites (see https://lco.global/observatory/visibility/ for more information):