X Structure at Core of M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

(four-frame comparison)

Hubble Space Telescope provides a detailed look at the core of the giant spiral galaxy M51. These images, taken at different wavelengths of light, reveal complex structure and detail in the galaxy's core, which is thought to hide a massive black hole.

Credit:

H. Ford (JHU/STScI), the Faint Object Spectrograph IDT, and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9217b
Type:Collage
Release date:8 June 1992, 15:30
Size:2352 x 2569 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 13277+4727, M 51, Messier 51, NGC 5194, Whirlpool Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Giant
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:25 million light years

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC1
Optical
OIII
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC1
Optical
HII
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC1

Notes: The top left image was captured by the ground-based Kitt Peak 4-metre telescope. The other three images were captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.


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