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M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy


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         Object M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy
         Comment The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) resides in the constellation Canes Venatici. Its grand spiral structure contains numerous pink hues of active HII regions. The complex spiral bands are believed to be caused by its close companion NGC5195 (M51b), located above M51 as seen in the image. The Whirlpool Galaxy is approximately 23 million light years distant.

This image is a LLRGB composite.
         Optics Takahashi TOA-150 F/7 (1050mm FL)
         Camera SBIG ST10XME (NABG) - 1x1 bin (image scale: 1.33 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Paramount GT1100s
         Exposure Total exposure time: 3.4 hours (L:70min,R:45min,G:45min,B:45min)
         Date 02/04/2008


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