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About this Object

Object Name:

M101, NGC 4547, The Pinwheel Galaxy

Object Description:

Face-on Spiral Galaxy

Position (J2000):

R.A. 14h 03m 13s
Dec. +54° 20' 53"


Ursa Major


21.8 million light-years (6.7 megaparsecs)


This image is 3.5 arcminutes (22,500 light-years or 6,900 parsecs) wide.

About the Data

Data Description:

This image was created from HST data from the following proposals: 9490: K. Kuntz (JHU/GSFC), P. Barmby and J. Huchra (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), K. Mukai, S. Snowden, and W. Pence (Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, GSFC), and J. Brodie (University of California, Santa Cruz); and 9720: R. Chandar (University of Toledo) and B. Whitmore (STScI)




F435W(B), F555W(V), F658N(H-alpha), F814W(I)

Exposure Dates:

November 2002, August and December 2003, February and May 2004

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

February 13, 2009


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