Object of the Season (Summer 2019)

M 108 in Ursa Major

Pierre Méchain found the large edge-on galaxy on 16 February 1781 with a 3-inch refractor. A 12th magnitude star is superimposed on the disc. 48' northwest we find the bright planetary nebula M 97.

NGC 6781 in Aquila - Credit European Southern Observatory (ESO)
This image was supplied by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).
Name
M 108
Position (2000)
11 11 29.4 +55 40 22 (UMa)
Type
Sc galaxy
Visual Magnitude
10.0
Size
8.6' × 2.4', PA 80°
Other Designations
V 46, h 831, GC 2318, UGC 6225, MCG 9-18-98, IRAS 11085+5556, CGCG 267-48, CGCG 268-1, KARA 469

Results of the observations of NGC 6781 will be published in DSO 184.

Wolfgang Steinicke - Nebulae and Clusters Section Director