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M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy  Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Burali, Tiziano Capecchi, Marco Mancini (Osservatorio MTM)

M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Burali, Tiziano Capecchi, Marco Mancini (Osservatorio MTM)

The Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as Messier Object 51, Messier 51, M51 or NGC 5194 or Whirlpool Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici (hunting dog) Classic. It was discovered by Charles Messier on October 13, 1773. It is one of the most famous spiral galaxies in the sky.

The Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as Messier Object 51, Messier 51, M51 or NGC 5194 or Whirlpool Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici (hunting dog) Classic. It was discovered by Charles Messier on October 13, 1773. It is one of the most famous spiral galaxies in the sky.

See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl, until you get to the handle's last bright star. Then, slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier's famous catalog. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (left), NGC 5195.

Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl, until you get to the handle's last bright star. Then, slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier's famous catalog. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (left), NGC 5195.

Australian based photographer Martin Pugh has claimed the top prize in     for the second time, after originally winning the accolade back in 2009. As    well as securing the £1,500 top prize, his image takes pride of place in the    exhibition of winning photographs opening at the Royal Observatory Greenwich    on 20 September.     Pugh impressed the judges in this year’s competition with the depth and    clarity of his winning shot depicting the famous Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). The    image…

Australian based photographer Martin Pugh has claimed the top prize in for the second time, after originally winning the accolade back in 2009. As well as securing the £1,500 top prize, his image takes pride of place in the exhibition of winning photographs opening at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on 20 September. Pugh impressed the judges in this year’s competition with the depth and clarity of his winning shot depicting the famous Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). The image…

Big Dipper, Deep Sky  Image Credit & Copyright: Lorand Fenyes

Big Dipper, Deep Sky Image Credit & Copyright: Lorand Fenyes

This is the most colorful photo ever taken of the universe, showing 10,000 galaxies!

This is the most colorful photo ever taken of the universe, showing 10,000 galaxies!

The Whirlpool Galaxy and Beyond : Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dippers bowl, until you get to the handles last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messiers famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula, the large galaxy with well defined spiral structure is also cataloged as NGC 5194. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its…

The Whirlpool Galaxy and Beyond : Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dippers bowl, until you get to the handles last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messiers famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula, the large galaxy with well defined spiral structure is also cataloged as NGC 5194. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its…

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