M101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy

Teaser:
M101 is a face-on spiral galaxy over 20 million light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major.
Priority:
Interesting
Month:
March
Visibility:
March; Northern hemisphere
RA (J2000):
14:00:12.
Dec (J2000):
54:20:56.4
Image:
Observing tips:
BVR - 90-120s each filter with the 2m FTN
Description:

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.

light_bulb.pngWhy 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):

 M101_Northvisibility.py.png

Dates visible:
Mar 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017