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Pinwheel Galaxy (M101, NGC5457)


Pinwheel Galaxy is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 19.100-22.400 light years away in the constellation of Ursa Major. It is referred to as M(101) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is referred to as NGC(5457) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue. Pinwheel Galaxy was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Mechain. The Spiral Galaxy's location is 14:03.2 (R.A.) and +54:21 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 7.9 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 8 with an apparent dimension of 22.0 .

Pinwheel Galaxy (M101,NGC5457) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1781 by Pierre Mechain. It's location is RA(14:03.2), Dec(+54:21) and its distance is calculated 19.100-22.400 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 7.9. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 22.0.

Fact File


NamePinwheel Galaxy
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id101
NGC Id5457
ConstellationUrsa Major
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Right Ascension14:03.2
Declination+54:21
Distance (Lt.Yr)19.100-22.400
Visual Brightness7.9
Apparent Dimension22.0
Apparent Magnitude8
Year of Discovery1781
DiscovererPierre Mechain
CoprightN.A.S.A, Hubble Site

Pinwheel Galaxy (M101, NGC5457) Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major