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.


About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
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

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