This NASA image shows NGC 5194. M51's stretch of over 60,000 light-years dwarf its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. Credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA.

This NASA image shows NGC 5194. M51's stretch of over 60,000 light-years dwarf its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. Credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA.

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51A or NGC 5194) and (M51B or NGC 5195, left). The Whirlpool Galaxy is a grand-design spiral galaxy, interacting with NGC 5195, a dwarg galxy. Both galaxies are located 23 ± 4 million light-years away in Canes Venatici.

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51A or NGC 5194) and (M51B or NGC 5195, left). The Whirlpool Galaxy is a grand-design spiral galaxy, interacting with NGC 5195, a dwarg galxy. Both galaxies are located 23 ± 4 million light-years away in Canes Venatici.

This image by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a face-on view of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). Taken in visible light, it highlights the attributes of a typical spiral galaxy, including graceful, curving arms, pink star-forming regions, and brilliant blue strands of star clusters.

This image by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a face-on view of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). Taken in visible light, it highlights the attributes of a typical spiral galaxy, including graceful, curving arms, pink star-forming regions, and brilliant blue strands of star clusters.

Image of the Day: Black Hole "Mine Field" Lights Up a Spectacular Galaxy- The galaxy is officially named Messier 51 (M51) or NGC 5194, but often goes by its nickname of the "Whirlpool Galaxy." Chandra

Image of the Day: Black Hole "Mine Field" Lights Up a Spectacular Galaxy- The galaxy is officially named Messier 51 (M51) or NGC 5194, but often goes by its nickname of the "Whirlpool Galaxy." Chandra

Out of this whirl: The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and companion galaxy

Out of this whirl: The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and companion galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy

This NASA image shows NGC 5194. M51's stretch of over 60,000 light-years dwarf its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. Credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA.

This NASA image shows NGC 5194. M51's stretch of over 60,000 light-years dwarf its companion galaxy, NGC 5195. Credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA.

Supermassive Black Hole in a "Small" Galaxy, Stuart Rankin Edited Chandra Space Telescope image of the Whirlpool Galaxy

Supermassive Black Hole in a "Small" Galaxy, Stuart Rankin Edited Chandra Space Telescope image of the Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 - THE WHIRLPOOL GALAXY IN CANES VENATICI - Turkey / Denizli

M51 - THE WHIRLPOOL GALAXY IN CANES VENATICI - Turkey / Denizli

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