M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

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Credit: MPIA-HD, BIRKLE, SLAWIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Whirlpool Galaxy. Optical image of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC 5194) and its companion galaxy NGC 5195 (above M51). M51 is a spiral galaxy whose arms contain hot, young stars (blue). These two galaxies are located around 15 million light years away from Earth, in the constellation Canes Venatici.

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Keywords: arm, arms, astronomy, cosmology, galactic, galaxies, galaxy, interacting, m51, ngc 5194, ngc 5195, nucleus, science, space, spiral, spirals, star, starry, stars, universe, whirlpool

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