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Messier 51
Messier 51 Whirlpool Galaxy
Credit: NASA, ESA

M51 (NGC 5194) - Whirlpool Galaxy

Messier 51 (NGC 5194), also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici in the M51 Group of galaxies. M51 is 31,000,000 light years away from Earth.

M51 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 8.4, and can be viewed with binoculars. M51 is 11' x 7' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Whirlpool Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. spiral galaxy
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 5194
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 8.4
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 11' x 7'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 31,000,000 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 13h 30.0m
      1. Dec:
      2. 47 11'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. M51 Group
      1. Contains:
      2. NGC 5195

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.