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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy

Filed under pretty pictures, Deep Impact, amateur image processing, stars and galaxies

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M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy On July 14, 2011, Deep Impact turned its Medium Resolution Imager toward M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, and took 65 photos. This image is composed of six clear-filter exposures, stacked to reduce the noise from cosmic ray hits.

NASA / JPL / UMD / processed by Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about July 14, 2011.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

 

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