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
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:25 million light years

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

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