M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy - 5.30.05
Image Capture Details

Optics:  Orion ED80
Mount: Meade
Camera: SX H9C
Exposure:  60 Minutes
Location: Waldwick, NJ
The frame is of two fighting galaxies M51 and NGC 5195. M51 is the larger of the two spirals in this image. The M51 system is a spectacular
example of interacting galaxies - in this case NGC 5195 is being "ripped" apart by the huge gravitational disturbance of M51, while M51 has in
turn undergone huge structural alteration from the gravitational effects of NGC 5195. The distance of M51 is estimated to be about 37 million
light years. The diameter is approximately 100,000 light years
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