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Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194) Facts

Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194) Facts Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici

Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of between 19,000,000.00 and 27,000,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici.

It is referred to as M(51) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(5194) 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.

The Spiral Galaxy's location is 13:29.9 (R.A.) and +47:12 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 8.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 11x7 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194) has a radius of 30,000 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 60,000 light years. It would take a space ship 60,000 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.

Whirlpool galaxy (M51,NGC5194) is a spiral galaxy. It was discovered in 1773 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(13:29.9), Dec(+47:12) and its distance is calculated 19.000-27.000 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 8.4. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 11x7.

Travel Time to Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194)

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A38073617,312,114,063,858.70
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26916,606,582,503,659.08
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.548,303,280,429,965.98
New Horizons Probe33,000386,112,604,575.76
Speed of Light670,616,629.0019,000,000.00

Fact File

NameWhirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194)
TypeSpiral Galaxy
Messier Id51
NGC Id5194
ConstellationCanes Venatici
Right Ascension13:29.9
Distance (Lt.Yr)19,000,000 - 27,000,000
Radius (Lt.Yr)30,000.00
Apparent Dimension11x7
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1773
DiscovererCharles Messier
Morphological TypeSABbc C
CoprightN.A.S.A, Hubble Site

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