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Spiral galaxy (M 51) in Canes Venatici, 1910

Spiral galaxy (M 51) in Canes Venatici, 1910

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ANN RONAN PICTURE LIBRARY / HERITAGE IMAGES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ANN RONAN PICTURE LIBRARY / HERITAGE IMAGES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Spiral galaxy (M 51) in Canes Venatici, 1910. Photograph taken at Mount Wilson Observatory, California, USA. Known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, this was the first galaxy to be recognised as having a spiral structure, by the British astronomer Lord Rosse in 1845.

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