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Whirlpool Galaxy M51
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- Title Whirlpool Galaxy M51
- Released 22/04/2005 11:46 am
- Copyright NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
This image of the spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194)was taken in January 2005 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
The galaxy is nicknamed the Whirlpool because of its swirling structure, and is located 31 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici.
The small, yellowish galaxy at the outermost tip of one of the Whirlpool's arms is called NGC 5195.