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.
The concentration of stars is about 5, 000 times higher than in our solar neighborhood, the Milky Way Galaxy. We would see a continuously bright sky if we lived near the bright center.Credit:
About the Image
|Release date:||24 April 1996, 06:00|
|Size:||400 x 400 px|
About the Object
|Name:||IRAS 13277+4727, M 51, Messier 51, NGC 5194, Whirlpool Galaxy|
|Type:||Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral|