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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

4.14.2014

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 is a beautiful spiral galaxy interacting with another galaxy, NGC5195 seen in the direction of the Constellation Canes Venatici at a distance of 15 Million Light Years. At magnitude 8.4 M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, is one of the most often imaged celestial objects, and is a relatively close neighbor of our Local Galaxy Group. It is a beautiful and graceful spiral measuring approximately 50,000 light years in diameter, shining with the luminosity of 10 billion suns. The companion galaxy, NGC5195, is undergoing severe tidal interaction with its neighbor, and is now thought to be pulling away gas, dust and stars from M51. Optics: 12.5\" RCOS Truss Focal Length: 2808mm @ f9 Mount: Paramount ME Camera: STL6303E Focuser: RCOS Guiding: External OAG and guide camera Filters: Tru-Balance LRGB 2

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