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M 51 Whirlpool Galaxy
Right Ascension 13h 29m 52.7s - Declination +47° 11′ 43″

Imaging Telescope or Lens: Taken with an Astro-Tech 12" Ritchey - Chrétien Reflector Astrograph
Focal reducer: AP 27TVPH .75 reducer Camera SBIG STF 8300 CCD Mono, Filter Baader Luminance

NGC 5195 (also known as Messier 51b or M51b) is a dwarf galaxy that is interacting with the Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as M51a or NGC 5194). Both galaxies are located approximately 25 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. Together, the two galaxies are one of the most famous interacting galaxy pairs. And bear in mind that one light-year is 6,000,000,000,000 miles.


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