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The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51A or NGC 5194) and (M51B or NGC 5195, left). The Whirlpool Galaxy is a grand-design spiral galaxy, interacting with NGC 5195, a dwarg galxy. Both galaxies are located 23 ± 4 million light-years away in Canes Venatici.


Image of the Day: Black Hole "Mine Field" Lights Up a Spectacular Galaxy- The galaxy is officially named Messier 51 (M51) or NGC 5194, but often goes by its nickname of the "Whirlpool Galaxy." Chandra


This NASA image obtained shows the 51st entry in Charles Messier's catalogue, perhaps the original spiral nebula, also catalogued as NGC 5194. Over 60,000 light-years across, M51's spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. Image data from the Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys was reprocessed, which sharpened details and enhanced colour and contrast in otherwise faint areas, bringing out dust lanes and extended streams that cross…


Whirlpool galaxy, also M51, with its companion dwarf galaxy NGC 5194. These two are interacting galaxies in the constellation Canes Venatici.

M51 Spiral Galaxy interacting with a smaller galaxy. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

2 Whirlpool Galaxy.


The Whirlpool Galaxy; One day I'd love to have the most powerful telescope that an amateur can buy...

Supermassive Black Hole in a "Small" Galaxy, Stuart Rankin Edited Chandra Space Telescope image of the Whirlpool Galaxy