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About this Object

Object Name:

Whirlpool Galaxy • M51 • NGC 5194/5

Object Description:

Face-on Spiral Galaxy with Companion

Position (J2000):

R.A. 13h 29m 52.37s
Dec. +47° 11' 40.8"

Constellation:

Canes Venatici

Distance:

About 31 million light-years (9.6 Megaparsecs)

Dimensions:

This image is 9.6 arcminutes (87,000 light-years or 27,000 parsecs) wide.

About the Data

Note:

High level science products (combined and mosaiced fits files for each filter) are available at: http://archive.stsci.edu/prepds/m51/

Data Description:

The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposal 10452: S. Beckwith (STScI), R. Kennicutt Jr. (University of Arizona), and H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, K. Noll, and T. Royle (The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI).

Instrument:

ACS/WFC

Exposure Date:

January 18 - 22, 2005

Exposure Time:

9.0 hours

Filters:

F435W (B), F555W (V), F658N (Halpha + [N II]), F814W (I)

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

April 25, 2005

Orientation/Scale: