The Cigar Galaxy is a galaxy which is located within the borders of the constellation Ursa Major at the coordinates Right Ascension 09 55.8 and Declination 69 41.
It is 12,000,000 light years from the planet Earth making it the 76th furthest Messier catalog object from Earth. It has a size of 9 x 4 arc minutes.
The Cigar Galaxy is one of 12 galaxies included in Charles Messier's Catalog of deep sky objects. It is known by the Messier number M82. It has an NGC catalog number of NGC 3034.
The Cigar Galaxy was discovered by the astronomer Johann Elert Bode in 1774.
Compared to other galaxies, Cigar Galaxy is a relatively bright galaxy with an integrated visual magnitude of 8.4.