M81 - Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major
Copyright 2008 John Hodge
M81, also known as Bode's Galaxy, is one of the brighter galaxies available to amateur astronomers. It has a relatively close neighbor, spiral galaxy M82, at a distance of only 150,000 light years. The pair makes an awe inspiring site in even small telescopes.
M81 is 12 million light years distant from Earth.