[M51, Univ. of Oregon] [PNG]

Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy M51 in the blue light, from Greg Bothun's collection at the University of Oregon, and the SEDS Deepspace Image FTP Archive. The vivid spiral structure of the inner part of this great galaxy is obvious.

  • More images from Greg Bothun's collection

    [M51 closeup] [PNG]

    [M51, Bill Keel] [PNG]

    M51 image from Bill Keel's collection at the University of Alabama. This is a three-color reconstruction from BVR CCD images taken with the 1.1-meter Hall telescope at Lowell Observatory. Evidently, the companion lies well behind the prominent connecting arm, whose dust can be seen obscuring the smaller companion's light. Much of the spiral structure in NGC 5194 (M51 or M51 A) can be traced to the tidal perturbations produced by the companion NGC 5195 (M51B).

  • This image was featured as Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) December 18, 1995 and January 25, 1997
  • More images from Bill Keel's collections

    [M51, FLWO] [PNG]

    F.L. Whipple Observatory image of M51. Click on the image to see it in full size.

  • More images from the FLWO

    [M51, anonymous source] [PNG]

    Image of M51 from an anonymous source


  • INT image of M51
  • NOAO image of M51
  • Amateur images of M51; more amateur images
  • Supernova 1994I discovery image
  • Supernova 1994I amateur images
  • ISO images of M51 in the infrared light
  • Hubble Space Telescope images of M51; more HST images of M51


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