The Whirlpool Galaxy

The galaxy's massive center, the bright ball of light in the center of the photograph, is about 80 light-years across and has a brightness of about 100 million suns. Astronomers estimate that it is about 400 million years old and has a mass 40 million times larger than our Sun.

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9617a
Type:Observation
Release date:24 April 1996, 06:00
Size:201 x 201 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 13277+4727, M 51, Messier 51, NGC 5194, Whirlpool Galaxy
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:25 million light years
Constellation:Canes Venatici
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 29 52.72
Position (Dec):47° 11' 43.35"
Field of view:0.15 x 0.15 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 34.2° left of vertical

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Hubble Space Telescope
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