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Whirlpool Galaxy Images M51 | Messier 51

Whirlpool Galaxy Images M51 | Messier 51

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Whirlpool Galaxy Images  M51 Whirlpool Galaxy Images M51 Messier 51 Messier  51Messier  51Messier 51 Messier 51 Messier 51  The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51a, M51a, or NGC 5194, is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus in the constellation Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs). It was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. Recently it was estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from our Milky Way galaxy. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) infrared light | Sky Fireworks | galaxy Milky Way | Sky Fireworks Milky Way galaxy | infrared ligh | Awesome Nature |galaxy |spiral galaxies | NASA/ESA | cosmic | cosmic galaxy hair ruffling
Galaxy Seen side-on

Galaxy Seen side-on

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Galaxy Seen side-on Galaxy Seen side-on | The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a sharp image of NGC 4634, a spiral galaxy seen exactly side-on. Its disc is slightly warped by ongoing interactions with a nearby galaxy, and it is crisscrossed by clearly defined dust lanes and bright nebulae. NGC 4634, which lies around 70 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Coma Berenices, is one of a pair of interacting galaxies. Its neighbour, NGC 4633, lies just outside the upper right corner of the frame and is visible in wide-field views of the galaxy. While it may be out of sight, it is not out of mind: its subtle effects on NGC 4634 are easy to see to a well-trained eye. Gravitational interactions pull the neat spiral forms of galaxies out of shape as they get close...
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