Messier 81 in Multiple Wavelengths

  • Released Monday, August 20, 2018

Messier 81 (M81) is a classic example of a spiral galaxy. Star-forming regions in this galaxy become evident in the infrared view. In the infrared, the spiral arm structure becomes much more powerful relative to the visibly bright galactic center, revealing denser concentrations of cold dust and gas ready to be transformed into new stars.


Optical: Stars are partly obscured by dust.

Near-Infrared: Longer infrared wavelengths now show star-forming areas in red.

Far-Infrared: Shifting to infrared light reveals the dust lanes in red.

Spitzer Near-Infrared image of Messier 81 Longer infrared wavelengths now show star-forming areas in red.

Spitzer Near-Infrared image of Messier 81

Longer infrared wavelengths now show star-forming areas in red.



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Video: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Image Credits:

  • Optical: N.A. Sharp (NOAO, AURA, NSF)
  • Near-infrared: NASA, JPL-Caltech, S. Willner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
  • Far-infrared: NASA, JPL-Caltech, K. Gordon (University of Arizona) and S. Willner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

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This page was originally published on Monday, August 20, 2018.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 12:40 AM EST.


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