The Photogenic Galaxy named ‘Whirlpool’!!

Whirlpool Galxy (Photo Credit : Robert Gendler)

This is another famous interacting galaxy pair – a well-defined, pretty, gorgeous, face-on spiral galaxy M51 and it’s companion – the dwarf irregular NGC 5195. Though much much smaller, this companion, according to simulations is the main reason behind the M51’s magnificent spiral structure. The spiral arms are the lanes where young stars are formed while the yellow-cum-reddish heart is expected to be the residence of the older stars.

Hubblesite correctly terms it as – ‘one of astronomy’s galactic darlings’


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Residing in the Solar System (Milky Way), lost in the beauty of Nature and the vastness of Universe, I am just another Earthling trying to make sense of life!
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6 Responses to The Photogenic Galaxy named ‘Whirlpool’!!

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