The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51A or NGC 5194) and M51B or NGC 5195. Photo Credit: R. Jay GaBany http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlpool_Galaxy AND http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlpool_Galaxy#mediaviewer/File:Messier51_sRGB.jpg
Whirlpool galaxy, also M51, with its companion dwarf galaxy NGC 5194. These two are interacting galaxies in the constellation Canes Venatici.
This is a photo from the NASA-it shows what the Hubble Telescope found in the center of the Whirlpool Galaxy-How AWESOME is our God???
Amazing New X-Ray Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy Shows it is Dotted with Black Holes
The Whirlpool galaxy seen in both optical (red, green and blue) and X-ray (purple) light. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Wesleyan Univ./R.Kilgard, et al; Optical: NASA/STScI
M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Burali, Tiziano Capecchi, Marco Mancini (Osservatorio MTM) Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl until you get to the handle's 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 Messier famous catalog. [large galaxy cataloged as NGC 5194; top galaxy is cagtaloged as NGC 5195]
The Whirlpool galaxy, M51, has been one of the most photogenic galaxies in amateur and professional astronomy. Easily photographed and viewed by smaller telescopes, this celestial beauty is studied extensively in a range of wavelengths by large ground- and space-based observatories.
When Galaxies Collide
WHEN GALAXIES COLLIDE The Whirlpool Galaxy, the red spiral, and its companion galaxy, NG 5195 are 23 million light-years from Earth - that's relatively close. IRAC shows the warm dust in red, a sign of active star formation probably triggered by a collision between the two galaxies.
The Whirlpool Galaxy; One day I'd love to have the most powerful telescope that an amateur can buy...
M 51 aka The Whirlpool Galaxy, via Flickr. via Santiago Ortiz
This NASA image shows NGC 5194. M51's stretch of over 60,000 light-years dwarf its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. Credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA.
The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51a, M51a, or NGC 5194, is an interacting, grand-design, spiral galaxy appearing in the constellation Canes Venatici. Recently it was estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy.
NGC 5194 - Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy.
The Whirlpool Galaxy is a classic spiral galaxy. At only 30 million light years distant and fully 60 thousand light years across, M51, also known as NGC 5194, is one of the brightest and most picturesque galaxies on the sky.