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M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, from Hubble

M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, from Hubble

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NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, from Hubble
This most detailed-ever image of the Whirlpool Galaxy was taken in January 2005 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the Hubble Space Telescope.

To see the original, 12000-pixel-wide image, go to the Hubble website.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about January 22, 2005

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