Whirlpool Galaxy Images M51 | Messier 51

Whirlpool Galaxy Images  M51

Whirlpool Galaxy Images  M51
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Whirlpool Galaxy Images M51 Messier 51
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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)

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