Hubble ACS visible image of M51

This image by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a face-on view of the spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy.

Taken in visible light, it highlights the attributes of a typical spiral galaxy, including graceful, curving arms, pink star-forming regions, and brilliant blue strands of star clusters.

Credit:

Credit:NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo1103c
Type:Observation
Release date:13 January 2011, 21:45
Size:2685 x 3617 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 51, Whirlpool Galaxy
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:25 million light years
Constellation:Canes Venatici
Category:Galaxies

Coordinates

Position (RA):13 29 55.42
Position (Dec):47° 11' 44.99"
Field of view:2.24 x 3.01 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 89.6° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha + Nii
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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