The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51A or NGC 5194) and M51B or NGC 5195. Photo Credit: R. Jay GaBany http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlpool_Galaxy AND http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlpool_Galaxy#mediaviewer/File:Messier51_sRGB.jpg
Whirlpool galaxy, also M51, with its companion dwarf galaxy NGC 5194. These two are interacting galaxies in the constellation Canes Venatici.
This is a photo from the NASA-it shows what the Hubble Telescope found in the center of the Whirlpool Galaxy-How AWESOME is our God???
A composite image of M51, called the Whirlpool Galaxy, 30 million light years from Earth and 60 thousand light years across. The original images were taken with a telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, and the Hubble Space Telescope. (Photo: NASA via The Telegraph)
This NASA image shows NGC 5194. M51's stretch of over 60,000 light-years dwarf its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. Credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA.
Amazing New X-Ray Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy Shows it is Dotted with Black Holes (Universe Today)
Amazing New X-Ray Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy Shows it is Dotted with Black Holes Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/112332/amazing-new-x-ray-image-of-the-whirlpool-galaxy-shows-it-is-dotted-with-black-holes/#ixzz33jhi5GOE
M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Burali, Tiziano Capecchi, Marco Mancini (Osservatorio MTM) Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl until you get to the handle's last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier famous catalog. [large galaxy cataloged as NGC 5194; top galaxy is cagtaloged as NGC 5195]
NGC 5194 - Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy.
When Galaxies Collide
WHEN GALAXIES COLLIDE The Whirlpool Galaxy, the red spiral, and its companion galaxy, NG 5195 are 23 million light-years from Earth - that's relatively close. IRAC shows the warm dust in red, a sign of active star formation probably triggered by a collision between the two galaxies.
The Whirlpool Galaxy is a classic spiral galaxy. 30 million light years distant and 60 thousand light years across, M51, also known as NGC 5194, is one of the brightest galaxies in the sky.
M 51 aka The Whirlpool Galaxy, via Flickr. via Santiago Ortiz
The Whirlpool Galaxy; One day I'd love to have the most powerful telescope that an amateur can buy...
Visible light (left) and infrared image (right) of the Whirlpool Galaxy, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope
The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51a, M51a, or NGC 5194, is an interacting, grand-design, spiral galaxy appearing in the constellation Canes Venatici. Recently it was estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy.