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Messier Objects

Messier M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 (NGC 5194), also known as Whirlpool Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy located within the constellation Ursa Major in the M51 Group of galaxies.

M51 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 8.0*, and can be viewed with binoculars. It is 11 x 7' in size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Whirlpool Galaxy
      1. Type:
      2. spiral galaxy
      1. NGC:
      2. 5194
      1. Magnitude (m):
      2. 8.0
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 11 x 7'
      1. RA:
      2. 13h 30.0m
      1. Dec:
      2. 47 11'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. M51 Group

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



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