Gig Harbor, WA
Whirlpool Galaxy In Dust
Photograph - Color Photo
This image from NASA shows the Whirlpool Galaxy which is a classic spiral galaxy. At only 30 million light years distant and fully 60 thousand light years across, M51, is one of the brightest and most picturesque galaxies on the sky. The above image is a digital combination of a ground-based image from the 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory and a space-based image from the Hubble Space Telescope highlighting sharp features normally too red to be seen.
August 23rd, 2013
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