DAGAL Image Gallery - NGC 3031

About this image: NGC 3031, also known as M81, is a nearby grand-design spiral galaxy located just 12 million light-years from us. This image illustrates the contrast between its well-defined blue spiral arms, populated by bright star forming knots, against its yellow bulge, inhabited mostly by old stars. Left of NGC 3031, its dwarf companion Holmberg IX can be seen as a faint blue cloud.

The images on this page were produced by the DAGAL network, and can be used free of charge provided acknowledgement is given to "DAGAL, Nik Szymanek, SDSS, and S4G, www.dagalnetwork.eu".

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