Astro Arash

M51 – Whirlpool Galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy, about 30 million light years away, displays the classic spiral galaxy structure. It is interacting with the smaller NGC 5195. Their ongoing collision and eventual merger is a process that will take many millions of years.

I got about 4.5 hours worth of data on M51 in early April 2021.

With my kit camera lens, I was limited to a fairly widefield shot. But I like how it looks! And I didn’t find it too limiting. If you zoom in, you can see some nice detail and structure with the spiral arms of the galaxy.

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