The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51a) with it's sparkling arms is the first galaxy found to have a spiral structure.

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51a) with it's sparkling arms is the first galaxy found to have a spiral structure.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble and Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgements: Mahdi Zamani (ESA/Hubble)

About the Image

Id:heic0506c
Type:Observation
Release date:25 April 2005, 06:00
Related releases:heic0506
Size:7095 x 6219 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 51
Type:Unspecified : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Unspecified : Galaxy : Size : Dwarf
Distance:23 million light years
Constellation:Canes Venatici
Category:Galaxies

Image Formats

Large JPEG
13.1 MB
Screensize JPEG
204.8 KB

Zoomable


Wallpapers

1024x768
181.9 KB
1280x1024
305.2 KB
1600x1200
469.5 KB
1920x1200
607.4 KB
2048x1536
827.7 KB

Coordinates

Position (RA):13 29 51.58
Position (Dec):47° 4' 30.39"
Field of view:119.32 x 104.59 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.9° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
491 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
R
658 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
I
825 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2

Also see our


Accelerated by CDN77