Hubble NICMOS infrared image of M51

This image by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a face-on view of the spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy.

Taken in infrared, the image reveals the Whirlpool's skeletal dust structure, as seen in near-infrared light. This new image is the sharpest view of the dense dust in M51. The narrow lanes of dust revealed by Hubble reflect the galaxy's name, the Whirlpool Galaxy, as they appear to swirl towards the galaxy's core.

Credit:

Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Regan and B. Whitmore (STScI) and R. Chandar (University of Toledo, USA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo1103b
Type:Observation
Release date:13 January 2011, 21:45
Size:2685 x 3617 px

About the Object

Name:M 51, Messier 51, Whirlpool Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:25 million light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

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