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Messier M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

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M51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, is located in the constellation Ursa Major, and is best viewed during Early Spring. The naked eye can see magnitude 6 objects (up to magnitude 8 under ideal dark sky conditions). For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size, or 1/2°.

      1. Name:
      2. Whirlpool Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. Spiral Galaxy
      1. NGC:
      2. 5194
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8
      1. Size:
      2. 11.0x7.0'
      1. RA:
      2. 13h 30.0m
      1. Dec:
      2. 47 11'
      1. Season:
      2. Early Spring

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