Whirlpool galaxy

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Whirlpool galaxy

(M51; NGC 5194) A well-defined type Sc spiral galaxy (see Hubble classification) that is face-on to us. It lies at a distance of 6 Mpc in the constellation Canes Venatici, the nearest bright star being Eta Ursae Majoris in the Plough. A small companion galaxy, NGC 5195, appears to be connected to it by an extension of one of the spiral arms. Total magnitude: 8.1.

Whirlpool galaxy

[′wərl‚pül ‚gal·ik·sē]
(astronomy)
A spiral galaxy of type Sc (open spiral structure), seen face on, in the constellation Canes Venatici.
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If it's the pair then NGC 5194 is sometimes referred to as "M51A", with NGC 5195 separately known as "M51B".
The galaxy is officially named Messier 51 (M51) or NGC 5194, but often goes by its nickname of the "Whirlpool Galaxy.
This image of the core of NGC 5194, the larger of two interacting galaxies called the Whirlpool, for the first time provides an X-ray portrait of a rare, so-called 1C supernova (box).