Space Whirlpool Galaxy Deep Field

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NASA Astronomy Picture Of The Day
Whirlpool Galaxy Deep Field



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Whirlpool Galaxy Deep Field
Credit & Copyright: Jon Christensen

Explanation: 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's famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula, the large galaxy with well defined spiral structure is also cataloged as <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5KXl4YORYo" >NGC 5194
 
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