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Whirlpool Galaxy
M51 | Messier 51 | NGC 5194
The Whirlpool Galaxy is about 60,000 light years across. It is interacting gravitationally with NGC 5195, the smaller galaxy seen just above it.


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All Images of Whirlpool Galaxy
9 Jun 2016

12 Feb 2016

28 Jun 2009

21 Aug 2005

21 Aug 2005

5 Apr 2005

5 Apr 2005

18 Jun 2004

Details:
Night of:Wednesday June 8, 2016
Site:Palomar Mountain
Local Time:1:45 AM | Jun 9, 2016
Altitude:39
RA:13h 29m 53s
Declination:+47 12
Distance:23 million light years
Magnitude:+8.4 mV
Size:11.2' x 6.9'
Camera Settings:
Telescope:9.25-SCT
Camera:Celestron NightScape
f/ratio:f/6.3
Pixel Scale:1.45 arcsec
Image Size:749 x 780 pixels (0.6 MP)
18.1' x 18.9'
Exposure:60 sec
Stacked Frames:17
Post Processing:processed with flats
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