Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194) is a spiral galaxy object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 19,000-27,000 kilo 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, 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.
|Name||Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194)|
|Distance (Lt.Yr)||19,000-27,000 kilo|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||8.00|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Year of Discovery||1773|
|Copright||N.A.S.A, Hubble Site|
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